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November 1989 




THE CHOICE OF HOME PC ENTHUSIASTS SINCE 1979 

9 Home Office Setups! 
►What You Need 
►What It Costs 
► 21 Home Office 
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Good Computing Habits 
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► Foreign Languages 

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3. One Grand Prize; A five-day trip for two to New York City conastrng of round-trip 
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of Commodore Electronics, Ltd Amiga is a trademark of Commodore- Amiga. Inc 
Apple is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, fnc, IBM is a trademark of Inter- 
national Business Machines Corp. MTV Network is indemnified and held harmless 
along with lis officers, directors, agencies. empSoyees and affiliates from and against 
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THE CHOICE OF HOME PC ENTHUSIASTS SINCE 1979 



CONTENTS 



IN FDCUS: YOUR HOME OFFICE 

YOUR HOME OFFICE: DRESSED FOR SUCCESS 

/24/ NEIL RANDALL 

Nine smart scenarios for setting up your home office within 
your budget. 

MY VIEW /38/ PAUL AND SARAH EDWARDS 

The personal computer makes the home office a possibility 
for millions. 

TAKE FIVE /42/ KEITH FERRELL 

Sometimes the best thing you can do with your home office 
computer is to turn it off. 

BUYER'S GUIDE /so/ Caroline d. hanudn and jeff suoan 
Home Office Sampler: Get to work with these packages. 

COMPUTEi'S NOVEMBER SHAREPAK DISK /62/ 
don watkjns 

An electronic checkbook and a contact manager for your 
personal and business needs. 

RESOURCES /64/ EDITORS 

An informational guide to home office computing. 



DEPARTMENTS 



NEWS & NOTES /6/ editors 

Macworld Expo '89, a little Zenith, computer detectives, and 

more of what's new and interesting. 

LETTERS /io/ editors 

Wills by the book, C64 defense, and a screen-shot dilemma. 

REVIEWS /1 16/ 

NEW PRODUCTS /148/ mickey mclean 

HOTWARE /1S2/ SOFTWARE bestsellers _^ 

COMPUTE! SPECIFIC 

MS-DOS /11/ CLIFTON KARNES AND JACK NIMERSHEIM 

Commodore 64/128 /la/ neil randall 

Apple II /13/ GREGG KEIZER 

Amiga /i6/ denny atkin 

MacintosK /16/ heidi e. h. aycock 

Cover Photo © 1989 Mark Wagoner 





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PRODUCTIVITY 



COMPUTE! CHOICE /ea/ david stanton 

Use the VGA-TV board to convert VGA graphics to NTSC video 

signals for dynamic presentations. 

PLEASE FEED THE PC/76/ dan gookin 

Make memory chips part of a balanced PC diet, 

PC PRIMER /82/ HINTS AND TIPS FROM OUR READERS 

Give new power to the DIR command. 



LEARNING 



COMPUTE! CHOICE /102/ joey latimer 

Version 3.0 of The Music Studio teaches music composition to 
budding Bachs. 

SPEAKING IN TONGUES /ios/tom netsel 

Personal computers are helping a lot of people learn foreign 

languages, 

HOMEWORK /1 14/ HINTS and tips from our readers 
Teach shapes and colors with your PC and a drawing program. 



ENTERTAINMENT 



COMPUTE! CHOICE /84/ peter sctsco 

Drive into the world of 3-D graphics with Vette, 

GET REAL /92/ heidi e. h. aycock 

Computer simulations are the next best thing to reality. 

GAMESCOPE /100/ hints and tips from our readers 

Golf lessons from our resident pro. 



COLUMNS 




EDITORIAL LICENSE /4/ peter scisco 

A price tag is no measure of your home computer's worth. 



IMRVCT /72/ DAVID d. thornburg 

Computer simulations make you wonder what's real anymore, 

DISCOVERIES /1 06/ david stanton 
Computers — powerful research tools. 

GAMEPLAY /ss/ orson scott card 

The best of the new games call for more than just reflexes. 

CONVERSATIONS/18/ keith ferrell 

It's all software to Les Crane of Software Toolworks. 

OFF LINE /146/ DAN gookin 

With its planned product line, Apple is really cooking. 



NOVEMBER 1989 • VOLUME 11 • NO. 11 • ISSUE 114 




DITORIAL LICENSE 




PETER 



S C I S C 



Don't quote me on the fig- 
ures, but I think it's fair lo 
say that 90 percent of 
American households 
own a television, and a 
sizable percentage of 
those homes own two or 
three. Yet at the same 
time, only about 20 per- 
cent of American house- 
holds (Fm being generous 
here) own personal computers. 

The most persistent explanation 
for the relatively low penetration rate 
of personal computers is price: You 
can pick up a decent color TV for less 
than S300, a pretty good VCR for 
about $400. A decent home computer 
system — one that you can expand to 
take care of your computing needs for 
the next five years — will run you 
about $ 1 ,200. Computers cost too 
much, period. 

The harder you look at that argu- 
ment, however, the less convincing it 
becomes. Don*t compare computers 
with televisions; compare them with 
goods of equal value and equal worth. 
Take camcorders, for example. One of 
those babies will set you back a cool 
grand, yet Americans can't buy them 
fast enough. Or consider a moderate- 
quality home stereo with a compact 
disc player, tape deck, graphic equaliz- 
er, speakers, tuner, and turntable: 
You're looking at about $ 1,200, 

So it's not price, it's value. It's 
what you get out of your purchase 
compared with what you put into it. 
Pm talking perception here. Given a 
choice, more people would see greater 
value in a camcorder than in a com- 
paratively priced computer. After all^ 
they would use a camcorder a lot 
more than they would a computer, 
right? Think about it. How many 
everv^day events arc worth recording 
on video? The family's summer vaca- 
tion. The baby's first steps. Your son's 
wedding. Your daughter's graduation. 
Not everyday occurrences. Most of 
the time, after the first few weeks of 
excitement, a camcorder will sit on a 
closet shelf and gather dust. 

But your stereo is different, right? 



You play it all the lime, you buy new 
recordings every week, you've always 
got the radio tuned to beautiful classi- 
cal music — probably not. Most likely 
you turn it on every couple of days. If 
you turn it on more regularly, are you 
an active listener, or does the music 
drone in the background as you per- 
form other tasks? 1 love music, even 
taught myself the guitar, but I seldom 
sit still and listen to records more than 
once or twice a week. 

So price alone isn't the culprit. 
Value, which is a perception of worth, 
is the key to bringing computers home 
in greater numbers. And since most 
people don't fully appreciate the value 
of personal computers, they don't buy 
them or use them to their full poten- 
tial. For example, a fellow recently 
wrote a letter to the editor of our local 
paper in which he berated the educa- 
tion establishment for abandoning 
what he called 'Ihe basics" in favor of 
teaching kids how to work with com- 




puters. Although 1 sympathized with 
his concerns, I found his lack of vision 
disconcerting. 

1 have no problem with schools 
teaching reading, writing, and arith- 
metic; in fact, I encourage it. But my 
encouragement is tempered by an ap- 
preciation of technology as an agent of 
change. The personal computer isn't 
simply a blackboard for the 1 990s. It's 
a unique medium with inherent possi- 
bilities too undervalued by an estab- 
lishment that equates test-taking skills 
with critical thinking. That isn't to say 



that you need a computer to teach 
your kids to think. (More books! Less 
TV!) But by incorporating computers 
into the learning process, we can sec 
true value. 

There's more to home computers 
than education, of course. They pro- 
vide intriguing entertainment and 
make it possible for you to earn a liv- 
ing without the large support staff re- 
quired of so many small businesses. 
In both cases, work and play, a certain 
amount of perspective is required to 
appreciate your computer's value. 
Flying a jet, reliving histors' in feudal 
Japan, building a city from the ground 
up, shooting 68 at the Kemper Open — 
these are but a few of the worlds 
awaiting any computer gamer. But, to 
really appreciate any of them, you 
need to play some summer soft ball, 
take a woodland hike, ride a carousel 
with a child. In short, you need to take 
part in the world around you to dis- 
cover the worth of the world inside 
your computer. 

The same goes for working. Your 
computer can be your best working 
partner or your worst office slouch. 
Don't get caught up in new technology 
just for its glitz and glitter (hard ad- 
vice for an enthusiast). Corporate 
America and business computer mag- 
azines notwithstanding, the Intel 
80286 has a lot of life to give. .And 
don't forget the Amiga, the lower- 
priced Macintosh models, the Apple 
II line, even that old workhorse Com- 
modore 64, all of which can perform 
more than adequately according to 
your needs. Most important, don*t be- 
come a slave to your computer; devel- 
op the best tool for the job and use 
it wisely. 

At the risk of preaching to the 
converted, I believe home computers 
have yet to fulfill their promise of rev- 
olutionizing the world as the printing 
press did 500 years ago. Too many 
people still see computers as difficult 
machines with no discernible value. 
As computer users, we have the op- 
portunity to change that perception 
through our own habits. Appreciate 
your computer. For what it's worth. B 



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Zenith gave the laptop arena a new con- 
tender in July with the release of its 
MinisPort, which weighed in at less than 
six pounds and hit the price scales at just 
under $2,000. 
The computer's 9V2-inch display com- 
bines backlit and reflective technologies. 
In dark or dimly Jit settings, the backlight 
provides illumination, while in normal 
light Zenith's '^transftectjve" screen 
eliminates the need for backlighting 
and extends battery life. 

A removable ni-cad battery pack lasts three hours 
under heavy use and more than four hours with Minis- 
Port's Intelligent Power Management features, which 
include a "silicon" drive that functions as a virtual 
disk — with a capacity ranging from 360K to 1.36MB. 

Zenith's most significant development is the 
MinisPort's 2Hnch, 720K floppy disk drive. Less than 
half the weight of a 3V2-inch dhve^ it also consumes 




150 percent less power. Although the same relative 
size, Zenith's small disks aren't interchangeable with 
the 2-inch floppies used in video cameras. 

The accessory list includes an internal modem, a 
carrying case, extra battery packs, a battery charger, 
and external drives. Suggested retail prices are Si, 999 
for the one-megabyte model and $2,799 for the two-me- 
gabyte model. 

RICHARD a LEINECKER 



LIE TO A 
COMPUTER? 

Georgia Tech researchers 
hove found that job ap- 
plicants answer questions 
more honestly when asked 
by a computer. The results 
don't apply uniformly to 
everyone, however. Manage- 
ment candidates often ex- 
hibit resentment, and 
computer phobia afflicts 
some job applicants. 

Four different questioning 
techniques were compared: 
using a friendly interviewer, 
an impersonal interviewer, 
paper-and-pencil applica- 
tion forms, and a computer. 
Although there were more 
accurate answers when 
answering a computer's 
questions, Dr. Dennis Nagao 
of Georgia Tech points out, 
"People are an essential 
part of the system," 

RICHARD C. LEINECKER 




MAKE IT MOVE 

—MACINTOSH 

MULTIMEDIA 

Media — multiple and optical — were 

the big stories at Macworld Expo, 
held in Boston this past August. 

In his keynote speech, Ap- 
ple president John Sculley en- 
visioned the Mac as the infor- 
mation tool of the 1 990s. 
More importantly, 
he said desktop ; 

multimedia and ^ 

presentations would have the same 
growth potential in the 1990s as 
desktop publishing enjoyed during 
the 1980s. 

Multimedia tools are expen- 
sive, though, aimed squarely at the 
Fortune 500 market. There was lit- 
tle at Macworld for the home con- 
sumer, although Electronic Arts 
made a strong showing with SlmUo 
L an animation program, and 



MacRecorden a musician's pro- 
gram. On the entertainment front. 
Spectrum HoloByie drew large 
crowds with its line of Mac games. 

But it was multimedia that 
stole the show. Dramatic displays 
included .ABC News Intcractive's 
videodisc portrait of Martin Lulher 
King; Ne^vsweek's interactive look 
al unrest in China; and disc-based 
programs from Harvard, WGBH 
("NOVA"), Warner New Media, 
and McGraw-HilL 

Multimedia is even being used 
to help Mac users: Datapro's Mac- 
intosh Consultant is a CD-ROM 
consumer guide to Macintosh prod- 
ucts and information. 
KEITH FERRELL 



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Amiga Gets 
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In the wake of rumors that 
WordPerfect would pull out of the 
Amiga market {COMPUTEL Au- 
gust 1989), the company released 
an updated version of Amiga 
WordPerfeci A.\. 

"The file requesters are Amiga- 
style now/' explained Lynn 
LeBaron, WordPerfect's manager of 
Amiga Development. The new ver- 
sion also adds default directory 
paths for documents and macros, 
audible beeps and backup warnings, 
automatic hyphenation, resizable 
edit buffers, and "a lot of bug 
fixes." The program opens on its 
own custom screen and will sup- 
port taller onscreen fonts, 

LeBaron said work continues 
on an update that will incorporate 
many features found in IBM Word- 
Perfect 5.0. 

To upgrade, send $12.50 and a 
photocopy of your serial number to 
WordPerfect Amiga Update, 8 1 
North State Street, Orem, Utah 
84057. 

New Horizons' Amiga word 
processor^ Pro Write, is new and im- 
proved, too. Using version 2.5, you 
can mix graphics with your prim- 
er's standard near-letter- or draft- 
quality fonts. Other new features 
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and spell-checking speeds have 
been improved; it's almost impos- 
sible to oul-lype version 2.5, 

The upgrade costs $20 for 
ProWriielX^ owners, and $30 for 
Pro Write 1.0 owners. Add $5 for 
shipping ($10 outside the United 
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All work and no play makes your PS/2 a dull machine. 

Your new Micro Channel Architecture PS/2 blows the socks off your 

old XT when it comes to number crunching, database sorting, and 
desktop publishing. Now, with Qua Tech's affordable new game-port 
board, it can also play a mean game of Fac-Man. 

The GPA-1000 interface board supports two joysticks and can be 
used on the IBM PS/2 Models 50, 60, 70, and 80. The $79.95 board is 
compatible with the standard IBM Game Control Adapter, so it will 
work with most MS-DOS game software, such as Microsoft's Flizht 
Simulator 3.0. 

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Finding Missing Children 



By '*agmg" photos of miss- 
ing cliildren, Lewis Sadler 
and Scott Barrows have 
helped police locate SI miss- 
ing children in the last four 
years. The process is slow 
and involved by hand, hut, 
recently, the team has start- 
ed using computers. Al- 
though the procedure is still 
new, it is much faster. 

"Basically, we were 
working with mathematical 
algorithms anyway/' said 
Sadler, head of the Depart- 
ment of Biomedical Visual- 
ization at the University of 
Illinois at Chicago. **It Just 
was the wrong way to he do- 
ing it. Our software proves 
that." 

To age the image of a 
child, Sadler and Barrows 
start with an old photo- 
graph. "Based on average 
growth indicators, we're 
able to move points on the 



face," said Sadler, "Then, 
the computer warps the face 
based on that information." 

A grant from AT & T has 
helped the two professors 
carry on their work; Sadler 
and Barrows charge nothing 
for their help. 

"We have always done 
this as a free service to law 
enforcement and parents, 
and, by hook or by crook, 
weTl keep it that way," said 
Sadler. 

Sadler and Barrows pro- 
vide the service on a nation- 
al basis in cases where 
children have been missing 
for more than three years. 
Cases come to Sadler and 
Barrows through the Na- 
tional Center for Missing 
and Exploited Children in 
Washington. For more infor- 
mation, contact the center 
(SOO-THE-LGST). 
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Keeping your personal finances in order can be a pain. And if you've tried the 
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B. Keep checks in one printer, reprin 
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C. Design and save 3 different formats. 



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Associate Publisher/Advertising. (201) 969-7553. Susan 
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275-9809. Kathleen Ingram, Marketing Manager, 
New England & Mid-Atlantic: Bernard J. Theobald, Jr. 
(201) 989-7553. Susan Annexstem (212) 856-9897. Kath- 
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Legal Impact 

In the August 1989 "Impact" column, 
David D, Thornburg suggested that 
"Another avenue you might explore 
[for making money] is a will-writing 
service. You can use a commercial 
software program to help you create 
wills for clients, or you could create 
them yourself with a word processor." 
There is a name for this business; 
the preparation of wills for others for 
a fee is called the practice of law. In 
most states the practice of law by a 
person who is not a licensed attorney 
is a crime. Although some might ar- 
gue that such laws benefit attorneys 
rather than the public, they are on the 
books and are enforced, 

CHARLES V. GERKJN, JR, 
ATLANTA, GA 

Many states do consider writing 
Wilis for hire to be practicing law. 
You should contact your local bar 
association to determine whether 
it's legal in your area. 

Nolo Press, publisher c/ Will- 
Maker, told us that it doesn't license 
its software for commercial will writ- 
ing. If you want to help people write 
their wills, Nolo suggests you buy 
each client a copy of WillMaker and 
walk each one through the program. 

Suspicions Confirmed 

COMPUTE! does not consider the 
Commodore 64 to be a personal com- 
puter! A feature article in the July 1989 
issue, "Nintendo: Just Kids' Play or 
Computer in Disguise?" states, "You 
can get started with a Nintendo base 
system for about $ 100 — several hun- 
dred dollars less than even the least 
costly personal computer." 

Eight pages further into this issue, 
an advertiser offers for sale the Com- 
modore 64C with GEOS software for 
$119.95. 

In my opinion, with both systems 
using a television as the display, the 
Commodore 64 only needs a $4.95 
joystick and any one of the many car- 
tridge games available to put Nin- 
tendo out to pasture. 

COMPUTE! v/SiS the first of 
many computer magazines to which I 



have subscribed since the early 1980s. 
Sadly, I will not be renewing again. 
No wonder dedicated game machines 
arc taking over videogaming, when 
this publication, which owes its begin- 
nings to Commodore 8-bit computers, 
no longer considers the Commodore 
64 to be a personal computer. 

SAMUEL J. HAND 
COLUMBIA. SC 

Keith Terrell replies: Not only do I 
consider the Commodore 64 a per- 
sonal computer, I think it's an im- 
portant one. But while you can buy 
the 64 CPU for about the same price 
as a Nintendo Entertainment Sys- 
tem (NES), you still have to add a 
disk drive-~roughly doubling the 
price. It's been some time since 
games for the 64 were available on 
cartridge. Price aside, the 64 is supe- 
rior to the NES, It's a computer. 
The NES is a toy 

Which Computer? 

Thanks for putting out a magazine 
which attempts to tackle the mon- 
strous task of covering all types of per- 
sonal computers under one cover. 
However, this multicomputer 
coverage can sometimes cause a bit of 
confusion as it relates to computer 
screen shots, usually used in your re- 
views of recreational software. I 
would suggest that below each screen 
shot you print which computer and, if 
applicable, which video mode — that 
is, EGA, VGA, and so on — the screen 
shot represents. This would assist 
computer owners in knowing whether 
or not they can expect their systems to 
display the program similar to the 
screen shot used in the review. 

DAVID G.BR ITT 
MADISON, MS 

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version screen shot to illustrate our 
revieyvs. We understand the confu- 
sion an Apple or Commodore 
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Power Up 

Let's face it: If you don't have a 
hard drive, you need one; if you 
have one, you need a bigger 
one; and if you have a big one, 
you need two. 

With scores of hard drives 
available, shopping for a new 
one can be confusing. But 
when it comes to value, the 
Seagate 251 (Seagate Tech- 
nology. 920 Disc Drive. Scotts 
Valley. California 95066-4544; 
408-438-6550) is hard to beat. 

This 5y4-inch, half-height 
drive comes in two versions: 
the 251 -0 has an access time 
of 40 ms and a street price of 
$350. and the 251-1 has an ac- 
cess time of 28 ms and a street 
price of about $400. Except for 
the access times, the two mod- 
els are identical. 

Since adding a hard drive 
to your system can present a 
few challenges, here's a run- 
down of what to expect when 
installing a Seagate 251 as a 
single or a second drive. But 
first, an anatomy lesson. 

Your hard drive system 
consists of a controller card 
and the drives themsetves. The 
controller is connected to the 
hard drives by two types of ca- 
bles — the control cable, which 
is 34 pins wide and has con- 
nectors for two hard drives on 
it. and two data cables, which 
are each 20 pins wide. 

The standard controller 
card supports two control ca- 
bles; one for two daisychained 



hard drives and one for two 
daisychained floppy drives. On 
the daisychained cables, the 
connector at the end is for 
drive 1 ; the connector in the 
middle is for drive 2. On some 
systems, the control cable has 
a twist just before the end con- 
nector. This is important. 

Seagate drives have a 
drive-select jumper that config- 
ures St as number 1 or 2, and 
each drive has something 
called a terminating resistor, 
which tells the hardware that 
this is physically the last drive 
in the daisychain. 

If you're installing a 251 as 
a single drive in your system, 
things couldn't be easier. First, 
if your control cable is smooth, 
put the drive-select jumper on 
DS-1 ; if the cable has a twist in 
it, put the jumper on DS-2, 
Make sure the terminating re- 
sistor is in place, and connect 
the errd of the control cable to 
the drive. Slide on the data ca- 
ble, and you're ready to go. 

Things are a little more in- 
volved if you're installing the 
251 as a second hard drive. 
The first tiling you need to do is 
te!l your system which hard 
drive is 1 and which is 2. If your 
control cable is smooth, simply 
configure the two drives as 
numt>ers 1 and 2 by setting 
drive-select jumpers on DS-1 
and DS-2. If your cable has a 
twist in it, you'll want to set 



both drives on DS-2. 

Now connect drive 1 to the 
end of the cable and drive 2 to 
the middle. Remove the termi- 
nating resistor from the drive 
attached to the middle of the 
cable (drive 2). and make sure 
the drive at the end of the cable 
(drive 1 ) has its terminating re- 
sistor in place. 

After you've tightened the 
screws, you're ready to take 
your new Seagate for a spin. 
To introduce the new drive to 
your system, run your comput- 
er's setup program (if you have 
an AT), partition the new drive, 
perform a low-level format, and 
last, perform a high-level 
format 

Please note that DOS 3.3 
or lower normally requires that 
you partition large drives like 
the 251 into two logical drives 
(DOS versions through 3.3 can 
manage partitions of 32MB or 
smaller; DOS 4.0 and higher 
can handle much larger 
partitions). 

To its credit, Seagate sup- 
plies a special device driver 
with the 251 that allows you to 
create partitions larger than 
32MB, so you can allocate the 
251 's entire 40 megabytes to 
one large partition if you wish. 

Installing a 251 should be 
easy, but if you encounter any 
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eager to help. 

How does the Seagate 
251 perform? Flawlessly. I've 
run my 251-0 nonstop, 24 
hours a day for three solid 
months without a hint of trou- 
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I've found performance to be 
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Biq'Deluxe 



You've seen the ads: Throw 
away an entire shelf of soft- 
ware and replace it all with one 
package— PC Toois Deluxe 
(Central Point Software, 15220 
NW Greenbrier Parkway. Suite 
200, Beaverton, Oregon 97006; 
503-690-5160; $129). I thought 
it was all hype. 

It's not. With version 5.5, 
released this past June, Cen- 
tral Point's PC Tools Deluxe 
goes head to head with heavy- 
weights Peter Norton Comput- 
ing (Norton Commander and 
Norton Utilities), Borland 
(SideKick P!us)> and Fifth Gen- 
eration (Fastback Plus) for the 
title Number 1 Power Tool. 

PC Tools Deluxe is really 
three programs all rolled into 
one: Desktop, a memory- 
resident organizer; PC-Shell, a 
DOS shell and menu program 
that acts as a front end for 
many of PC Tools Deluxe's 
disk utilities; and PC Backup, 
which is an easy-to-use back- 
up program. You can use just 
one of these programs or all 
three. They have a consistent 
interface (one of the program's 
nicest features}, but they're 
independent 

Desktop is a revelation. 
You can run the program either 
as a stand-alone command or 
as a TSR. In memory-resident 
mode. Desktop uses just 40K, 
loading itself from disk when 
you press its hot key. The pen- 



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alty for this lean memory usage 
is the time it takes to call PC 
Tools Deluxe — about five sec- 
onds on a 12-MHz AT compati- 
ble. If you have EMS or enough 
extended memory to install a 
400K ramdisk, however, Desk- 
top v/ill use these and give you 
lightning-fast access. 

Desktop's modules pro- 
vide just about everything you 
could want in a memory-resi- 
dent organizer: a notepad (with 
spelling checker), a dBase- 
compatible database, a sched- 
uler (complete with repeating 
alarms), three calculators, tele- 
communications (including an 
optionai background mode), an 
outliner, macros, a clipboard 
for cuttrng and pasting be- 
tween applications, autodialing, 
and an ASCII chart. All mod- 
ules include excellent mouse 
support, and you can have as 
many as 15 Desktop windows 
open at once. 

While many programs 
(such as Norton Commander) 
provide a limited but well- 
rounded diet of functions, PC 
Shell is an extravagant smor- 
gasbord of features. For ex- 
ample, Norton Commander's 
bottom-line menu bar lists 10 
selections: PC Shell has 22. 
Commander's main menu has 
9 selections: PC Shell has 17. 
You'll find this everywhere in 
the program. Novices may find 
the large number of possibili- 
ties in PC Shell a little daunting, 
but power users will enjoy the 
feast. 

PC Backup is the least ex- 
citing component of PC Tools 
Deluxe (backup programs are 
never interesting until you get 
an unfriendly General failure 
error message), but the pro- 
gram is easy to use and 
reliable. 

There's much more to PC 
Tools Deluxe — disk utilities, PC 
Secure, and Mirror — but the 
recommendation is clear: Even 
if you don't need everything 
this ensemble offers, there's al- 
most certainly something you'll 
find indispensable, and you'll 
have a blast playing with the 
rest of the programs. 



The Great Detective 



Your chances of encountering 
a computer virus are slim, but 
their existence is a dark cloud 
hanging over many computer 
users. There are several anti- 
virus programs around, but 
they tend to be difficult to learn 
and time-consuming to use. 
Enter Vlruscan (McAfee 
Associates, 4423 Cheeney 
Street, Santa Clara, California 
95054; 408-988-3832; Share- 
ware, $15 registration plus $4 



postage and handling; also 
available on McAfee BBS, 408- 
988-4004), a fast, easy-to-use 
program that scans your disks 
for 29 known viruses and is- 
sues a report on its findings. 

Checking your hard disk is 
as simple as entering the com- 
mand SCAN C: at the DOS 
prompt. The program exam- 
ines your entire hard disk in a 
matter of minutes. It checks the 
partition table and boot block, 
and it opens every COM and 
EXE file to search for 29 known 
viruses. 

If you find a virus, you can 
call the company for assis- 
tance. If your infestation is 
deep-seated, McAfee sells dis- 
infectors that range in price 
from $30 to $70. 

McAfee is dedicated to 
updating Viruscan, You can al- 
ways find the latest version of 
the program on McAfee's BBS. 
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DOS PROMPT 

If you've been working with 
PCs for any length of time, you 
know how overpopulated a 
hard disk can become. Files 
proliferate on one of these ba- 
bies like mosquitoes on a farm 
pond. After a while, sifting 
through a 30-megabyte hard 
disk to find a single program or 
data file begins to resemble 
King Arthur's legendary quest 
for the Holy Grail. Fortunately 
help is on the way in the form 
of two programs, f^agellan and 
ViewLink, each of which takes 
a different approach to solving 
the problem of hard disk 
clutter. 

Like the Portuguese sailor 
after whom it is named, Magel- 
lan (Lotus Development, 55 
Cambridge Parkway, Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts 02142; 
617-577-8500: $195) explores 
your hard disk, discovering hid- 
den data and claiming files in 
the name of the application 
programs that originally creat- 
ed them. To accomplish this, 
Magellan takes a bottom-up 
approach — that is, it begins at 
the lowest level, with the actual 
data your files contain, and 
then works its magic from 
there. 

Suppose, for example, 
that you need to review any 
information on your hard disk 
relating to the ABC Manufac- 
turing Company, To accom- 
plish this, you'd simply type 
ABC Manufacturing at the Ma- 
gellan query screen and send 
that request sailing on its way. 
Within a few seconds, Magel- 
lan returns a listing of all files 
containing the specified 
phrase. Furthermore, in scan- 



ning the listing, a separate win- 
dow displays the phrase in the 
context of the currently high- 
lighted file. Magellan recog- 
nizes and can display data files 
created by a wide range of 
popular programs, including all 
Lotus products, dBase, and 
most major word processors, 
Magellan also includes a 
Launch option to automatically 
run whatever application pro- 
grami created a highlighted 
file and then load that file for 
further review or editing. 
You'll no longer have to navi- 
gate your way through twist- 
ing subdirectories. 

VtewLink (Traveling Soft- 
vrare, 18702 North Creek Park- 
way, Bothell, Washington 
9801 1; 206-483-8088; $149.95) 
takes a more long-term ap- 
proach to hard disk manage- 
ment. Rather than specializing 
in quick, one-time data search- 
es, VIewLInk lets you create 
and maintain collections of re- 
lated files, called views, which 
then become the basic founda- 
tion of your operating environ- 
ment In essence, VlewLink 
superimposes a logical struc- 
ture over your hard disk's di- 
rectories and subdirectories. 

Take the example of ABC 
Manufacturing again. You 
could create a view called ABC 
comprised of all your files con- 
taining information about that 
company. You could include 
files in that view regardless of 
where they are on your hard 
disk and no matter what appli- 
cation program you used to 
create them. Then, anytime 
you had to work on a project 
involving ABC Manufacturing, 
you could call up your ABC 
view. Uke Magellan, ViewLink 
lets you scan the contents of a 
file in a display window and 
open an application by simply 
identifying the data file on 
which you want to work. 

Both Magellan and View- 
Link chart new territory. Each 
has its own advantages and 
disadvantages, and which one 
is the better program for you 
depends largely on how you 
use your PC. Information buffs 
who demand quick access to 
tons of data should sail with 
Magellan. Obsessive organiz- 
ers might want ViewLink. Re- 
gardless of your choice, a little 
organization can provide a lot 
of relief for anyone needing to 
tame their wild hard disk. 



The Rite Stuff 



While we're on the subject, let 
me mention a package that's a 
must-have for anyone who 
owns a hard disk. SpinRtte 
(Gibson Research, 22991 U 



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nia 92653: 714-830-2200: $59) 
is a nifty little program that 
does one thing, does it well, 
and doesn't set you back on 
next month's mortgage pay- 
ment in the process. SpinRlte's 
entire raison d'etre is to test 
the performance of your hard 
disk and. if necessary, take the 
appropriate steps to improve it. 

Perhaps the most impres- 
sive feature of SpinRlte is its 
ability to perform a low-level 
format and reset the sector in- 
terleave on a hard disk without 
destroying the data on the disk. 
Some of you might recognize 
immediately what an amazing 
feat this is. For the uninitiated, 
let me offer a brief explanation. 

Basically, the sector inter- 
leave represents how far apart 
successively numbered sec- 
tors are placed on your hard 
disk. For example, with the 
sector interleave set to 3 — the 
standard setting for XT sys- 
tems — each successively num- 
bered sector will be spaced 
three sectors from the prior 
one. 

The problem lies in the 
fact that this standard setting is 
pretty much an arbitrary value 
and might not represent the 
most efficient sector interleave 
for your hard disk. For in- 
stance, if your hard disk is ca- 
pable of reading successive 
sectors placed only two sec- 
tors apart, then an interleave 
setting of 3 makes your disk 
travel farther than it needs to 
between each read operation. 
On the flip side, hard disk per- 
formance may also suffer if its 
current interleave value Is low- 
er than its optimal setting. 

SpinRite includes a utility 
that automatically calculates 
the most efficient sector inter- 
leave for each hard disk in- 
stalled in your system. It then 
gives you the option of chang- 
ing any current values to their 
ideal setting. 

Normally, the low-level for- 
mat required to reset a sector 
interieave erases all data on 
the hard disk being recali- 
brated. SpinRite 's reformat 
doesn't. As a result, you can 
change the interieave on your 
hard disk to its ideal setting 
without first having to back up 
your hard disk, reformat it, and 
then restore your data to it (and 
pray that everything worked as 
expected). One friend of mine 
realized a 200-percent improve- 
ment in hard disk throughput 
with SpinRite, The program 
performs a number of other 
hard disk maintenance chores, 
but its interleave reset feature 
easily earns it my highest 
recommendation. 
Jack Nimersheim t> 



12 COMPUTE 



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System Sleuth retails for only S149.00. 
''...System Slruth, an absolutely wonderful new 
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h hn n p a nd ru n n ing. ' ' 

—Jim Seymour, PC Week, Dec J98S 
"...a Great l\)ol for technical analysis...** 

-Info World, Oct 1988 
'\.This is one of those pn)grains that I didn't know I 
needed until I got it; 7iou\ what with all the hardumre 
I try out around here, I use it all the time, and I can't 
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Panasonic 

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net i2ia.9S' 

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nn S37i.9s 

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I624 24p(n ..,. SS28.9& 

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HR20,,.. S319,SS 

HFMO ...,...., SS39.9S 

HRBO $625.95 

1809 sa49.t5 

*9«L ...»469,95 

HLSp* {Post Script) SCALL 

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Actlvision: 

Beyond Zork $28.95 

Champ. Baseball . . . ,S9.9S 

GFL Ftxjiball S22.95 

Championship Golf . .$9.95 
Leather Goddess . . . .S9.95 

Zork I , . .59.95 

2ork Trilogy .S28.9S 

Might & Magic 528,95 

Maniac Mansion . , , .S25.95 

Lasi Ninja .525. 95 

Broderbund: 

Ancient Art of War .S25.95 

Ancteni Art of War 

At Sea S2S.9S 

Pfintshop S32.9S 



Epson 

L3f-aiO 1184.95 

L0-51Q S329.9S 

FX-asO S344.9S 

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NX-1000 Color $203.95 

NX-1000C-64 .$159.95 

NX-1 0O0C-e4 Color $209.95 

NX-2400 $274.95 

Xn-tOOO $329.95 

XR-ISOO $419.95 

XB-24-10 ....,, $419.95 

XB'Z4.15 ., $549,95 

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Citizen 

120 ..,.., $1318.95 

laOD $154.95 

HSP-500 ..$315.95 

HSP-550 $445.95 

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Printshop Comp 528,95 

Graphic Lifararyl&llea 519.95 
Carmen SanOlegoEu. £25.95 
Electronic Arts: 

Alien Fires 525.95 

Hunt for Red Oct.. . $30.95 

Pegasus . 525.95 

Starflight S32.95 

Epyx: 

California Games . . .522.95 

World's Greatest 

Baseball 511.95 

Death Sword. ..,.. 511.95 
Impossible Mission 2 522.95 

LA Crackdown S27.9S 

Print Magic sa3.9S 



Rad Warrior 513.95 

Str. Sport Baseball .522.95 
Winter Games S11,9S 

Str. Sport Basketbair 522.95 
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Starglider . . .516.95 

Elite ....,,,,....., 525.95 

Jinxter 522,95 

MlcrotBague: 

Microieagua Bsball .522.95 

General Manager . , .516.95 

Stat Disk 51 3.95 

JW/cfoprose; 

Conflict in Vietnam £22,95 
Crusade In Europe . £22.95 
F-15 Strike Eagie , . 522.95 



Siienl Service £22,95 

Gunship , , £27,95 

Pirates 522,95 

Origin: 

Moebius 522.95 

Ultima I £22.95 

Ultima ill .. 522.95 

Ultima IV..... £33.95 

Ultima V 533,95 

Strategic Simulations: 

Wizard's Crown £25,95 

Kampfgruppe 536.95 

Gettysburg ....£36.95 

Phantasie £25.95 

Phantasit III .525.95 

Shiloh ... ., , .525.95 



Okidata 

Of(lm«U 20w/ca)1 SI 94.95 

172 , $195.95 

162 Turbo . . $229.95 

.163 $284.95 

320 , ., $335.95 

321 $464.95 

390 ..,,........$463.9$ 

391 ,. $634.95 

393 .t9a9.9S 

Lawre, ,.. $1349,95 

Toshiba 

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341 SL S59t.flS 

3S1 SX 400 cp« $999.95 



Wargame Constr. . , , 525.95 
Questron 11 ....... £29.95 

Su6/og/c; 

Fllght Simulator £34,95 

Scenery Disks 5CALL 

Tim a works ; 

Data Manager PC . , ,522.95 

Partner PC 522.95 

Publish It £99.95 

PC Quintet , ,549.95 

Swihcalc PC 527,95 

Word Writer PC , , , £27.95 
Unison World: 

Print Master 529.95 

Newsmasler II £39.95 

An Gallery 1 or 2 . , ,£14.95 



Apple and Commodore tiUes atso available. Ptoase call for pricing. 



MAGNAVOX CM8702 




•14'* screen 

* Green text switch 

* Built-in speaker, till star 
and cabling for most 
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$189 



95 



GoidSbar 2705 A 

• 12" amber display 

• 640h X 200v 

• iBM and Commodore 
compatible 



$69 



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Amiga 500 Fasttrak 
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BMTaaz , $84.95 

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CMe70J S1B9.95 

CMB762 $239.95 

SCM-StS $259.95 

9C«*^43 , . $299.95 

9CM-053 , $329.95 

9CM^)e2 , $399.95 

GoWSrsr; 

21 05 A Compo&H* $69.95 

1410 CGA14" $204.95 

1420 EGA 14" $319.95 

1430 VGA 14" 1379.9; 

-.440 Suoerictn $459,91 

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1 200» »&".Tw 

I200hc $89.95 

2400. , , $129.95 

Everex: 

EvBfcom 12 {INT> $54.95 

Evafcom 24 jINT] $124.95 

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E*Bfcom ?4E + UHP $179.95 

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2400 MNP EXT . . .1189.95 

MeZ400EX EXT .1109.95 

MBZ450 (NT ... , , . , , .169.95 

MBiaOOEX EXT $69.95 

MB1250 INT $55. 9S 

Flashllnk MNP (saftwcri) $39.95 

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€4C Computer $129.95 

C 123 D computer Dri«* , ,$418.95 

1541 U Disk OffW $174.95 

1602 D Monitor $189.95 

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1764 RAM Cfi4 $109.95 

isai Disk QflvB.. $179.95 

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FX-1650 

The Panasonic FX-1650 
Busiaess Partner personat 
computer is ihe solution lo 
many business needs. 
Featuring an 8066 CPU runn- 
ing at 4 or 8 Mhz, Tho 1650 
comas with a futi 640K Of 
RAM. and one 3^/^" 720K 
fioppy drive. A one year 
limited parts and labor war- 
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the backing of Panasonic, & 
namo vou can trust. 

FCC CItit B Approvtd 

Osicom Executive 88/10 

The Osicom Executive S8/10 
is a powerfui, lowcost, 
808S-based desktop com- 
puter with lOMHz. 1 wait 
speed and a small footprint 
that make it an Ideal choice 
for LAN workstations. The 
basic model comes standard 
with &40K RAM on the 
motherboard, a 360KB floppy 
drive and an enhanced 
101 -key, AT-style keyboard! 
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Here's the proof that power 
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^Seagate 

ST138R 30 Meg 
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Premounted on its own Controller Card 
• EZ Slot Installation (app. 10 min.) 

$313" 

2(l-30-49- meg drives available! 




Osicom Executive 286/12 

The Osicom Executive 286/12 is a 
high performance. 90286'based 
microcomputer that's the perfect 
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It features a lloppy/hard drive 
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Osicom Executive 386/20 

The Executive 386/20 is 

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Switch selectable 20/8 MHz 

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Joysticks: 

Suncom Tac 2 S10.9S' 

Suncoin Tac 5 $12.95* 

Epyj 500 Xi *13.95* 

Boss , S12.95* 

Bithjnd)« ^17.95" 

I ConlfpllBf S12.9S* 

3-Way ,., S19.S5* 

Powtrplay Joy slick S16.S5* 

Suncom Tac i + IBWAP 522-95 

Wico IBMJAP S25-95 

KraM KC III AP;PC S16.95 

Kran PCioysticIt CaitJ S23-9S 

Diskettes: 

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Xid<x SU DSDO S4.9S 

Xfddx 3'^ OSOD S12.9S 



Commodore Printer tnterteces: 

Xelec Jr £35.95 

Xelec Sup«rgripNc» . £55,95 

Xeiec Gold , S74.95 



PPI 
MW 350 

Eve rex Video Cards'. 
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5'/^" 360 KB PC/XT 

Compatible ..,..,, .S67.95 

V/i'' 720 KB PC/XT 

Compatible S65.9S 

3 '.';•' 1.44 MB PC/AT 

Compatibte - - -S82.95 

SV*" 1.22 MB PC/AT 

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Toshiba disk drives offer you 
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5.25*' Half Heights: 

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ST 22&H 20 mag 

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ST 23Bn 30 mifl RLL $209.95 

ST 251-< 40mao 

28 MS£C Mf M $3t9.95 

ST-277R-t 65 m*g 

28 msflcHLL .., $349.35 

3.5" 

5T 1 25 20 m»g 

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ST 125N 20 meg 

SCSI $274.9:i 

ST 138H 30 r*g 

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ST 138N 3D m«g 

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ST 157P 49 mag 

RIL $299,95 

ST TS7N 48 meg 

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fl//LASER Turbo Model 

The Lazer Turbo provides 
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COMMODORE COLT 

The Commodore Colt is a computer with all the buiU*in 
features you need. The Colt includes B40K RAM, CGA 
video support, two 5.25 360K 
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parallel ports with three 
clock speeds. Plus many 
more Commodore extras. Try 
the Commodore Colt in your 
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perience what a difference it 
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VENDEX* Headstart III 

The Headstart 111 has a speedy 12 MHz 
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drives and a hefty 32MB hard 
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TOSHIBA T-1 000 Laptop 

Pick up on the T-1 000 and you'll go far. Give yoursell 

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First up this month is Fire King, 
a fantasy from Australia's Mi- 
cro Forte. Micro Forte is tiie 
first affiliated label acquired by 
Strategic Studies Group (1747 
Orleans Court, Walnut Creek, 
Cafifornia 94598). 

Fire King is a highly un- 
usual game. The plot certainly 
isn't out of the ordinary (the 
Rre King has died and you are 
sent to destroy the offending 
monster in the catacombs), but 
the gameplay is. 

You begin by choosing a 
character to represent you. My 
favorite is Hubert the Just, but 
with names such as Broderic 
Broadaxe and Sally the 
Slaughtermaid kicking around, 
any interest should be well 
served. 

You control your character 
with a combination of joystick 
and keyboard, and you pick up 
or access items by walking 
over them. These items include 
keys, food, txraks, chests, ar- 
mor, weapons, magical scrolls, 
boots, and rings. You may also 
run into belis, which can freeze 
monsters, confuse them, or 
cause them to rush you in a 
murderous rage. 

The game takes a while to 
get used to. You should pay 
close attention to the pro- 
gram's manual if you want to 
succeed. It includes a lengthy 
walk-through of the first town, 
with some extremely useful ad- 
vice. There's also a two-player 
mode, in which you and a 
friend work together to solve 
the Fire King quest. Games 
can be saved, and the disks 
aren't copy-protected. 



Two Spotlight Games 



Spotlight Software, an affiliated 
company of Cinemaware (41 65 
Thousand Oaks Boulevard, 
Westlake Village, California 
91 362) has released two inter- 
esting games. Total Eclipse 
and Dark Side. Both feature 
the Freescape system first 
seen in Epyx's Space Station 
Oblivion, which was designed 



by the same group. The 
strength of the Freescape sys- 
tem is the 3-D, first-person 
view it affords of the landscape. 

In 7ofa/ Eclipse, you find 
yourself inside a pyramid, fight- 
ing against an ancient Egyptian 
curse. The pyramid is large, 
and your task is to work your 
way through tt to try to undo 
the curse before the upcoming 
eclipse of the sun. If you suc- 
ceed, all is well; if not, the world 
ends. There are ankhs to col- 
lect, treasures to find, locked 
chambers to enter, and a 
whole host of mummies in vari- 
ous stages of decay. 

Dark Side is a direct de- 
scendant of Space Station 
Oblivion. That game was set 
on Mitral, the moon of Evath, 
and your mission was to re- 
lease the pressure caused by 
the Ketars when they engaged 
in decades of irresponsible 
drilling. This time, the Ketars 
have decided to wipe out your 
beloved Evath by covering the 
second moon. Tricuspid, with 
an artificial surface and draw- 
ing energy from Evath 's sun 
into a huge weapon. You have 
been sent to Tricuspid to de- 
stroy all the energy-collection 
devices. 



AD & D Aaain 



Finally, we have Curse of the 

Azure Bonds, the newest re- 
lease in the Advanced Dun- 
geons and Dragons line from 
Strategic Simulations {675 Al- 
manor Avenue, Sunnyvale, 
California 94086-2901). This 
one takes place in the Tilverton 
region, part of the Dalelands 
area of the Forgotten Realms 
campaign. Pool of Radiance, 
the first installment, was set in 
Phlan, on the north shore of 
Moon sea; tiillsfar, the less am- 
bitious second part, took place 
in Hillsfar, on the south shore 
of the same body of water. 
Now we're several miles to the 
southwest, smack-dab in the 
mountains. 

In keeping with the con- 
tinuing nature of the series, you 
can use characters created in 
either Pool of Radiance or 
Hillsfar. Alternatively, you can 
create characters from scratch, 
and these begin the adventure 
at level 5. Rangers and Pala- 
dins have t>een added to the 
character classes, welcome 
additions to Pool of Radiance's 
limited number of classes. 

Other changes from Pool 
include an improved means of 
moving the party overland, a 
number of new monster types, 
and a couple-dozen new 
spells. All of these changes are 
as welcome as the new char- 



acter classes, because with 
each addition the system 
comes closer to approximating 
AD & D itself. The bad news, 
for users of the 64/128, is more 
disk access and longer playing 
times. 

As with Pool of Radiance, 
Curse of tfie Azure Bonds is 
combat-intensive. Become 
embroiled in a large combat, 
and much of your evening 
disappears. 
Neil Randall 




Optimum Resource has made 
the name Stickybear synony- 
mous with entertaining educa- 
tional programs. Stickyt>ear is 
a familiar face to thousands of 
preschoolers and school-age 
kids who use Appfe il's. For 
those lucky enough to sit in 
front of an Apple IIgs, though, 
Stickybear had been available 
in only one Kgs flavor— Alpha- 
bet. Now that package is joined 
by two new llos-specific 
releases: Tlie New Talking 
Stickybear Sfiapes and The 
New Talking Stickybear 
Opposites, 

Both packages use the 
llGS's speech, sound, and 
graphics muscle to enhance a 
proven program. The New 
Talking Stickybear Shapes has 
three activities that teach chil- 
dren elementary shape identifi- 
cation. Kids learn how to 
identify circles, triangles, 
squares, rectangles, and dia- 
monds; match those shapes 
with their names; and spot 
shapes hidden in clever 
pictures. 

The New Talking Sticky- 
bear Opposites puts control in 
the child's hands by letting him 
or her switch screens and 
sounds from, say, happy to 
sad or backward to forward. 
It's a fun discovery process for 
kids, and it's even enjoyable for 
Mom and Dad as they watch 
and listen. 

Both new Talking Sticky- 
bear programs require a 512K- 
equipped Apple lies with a 3V2- 



rnch disk drive. Each retails for 
$49.95 (lab packs for the class- 
room are available for $85.00). 
For more information, contact 
Optimum Resource, 10 Station 
Place. Norfolk, Connecticut 
06058; (203) 542-5553, 



Super Stuff 



Another educational software 
publisher that's still going 
strong in the Apple II market is 
Scholastic, which is keeping 
that history alive with recent 
updates to two of its most pop- 
ular products. 

SuperPrint II is a new ver- 
sion of the feature-laden 
SuperPrint package. It includes 
new paint and draw tools, new 
clip art, improved text capabili- 
ties, and additional functions 
such as graphics-image inver- 
sion. The program has a sug- 
gested retail price of $87.45 but 
costs only $69.95 for educa- 
tors under Scholastic's dis- 
count plan. You can upgrade 
from SuperPrint to SuperPrint 
II for $34.95. 

Story Tree has also been 
enhanced and updated with 
new advanced drawing tools, 
clip art, type styles, sound ef- 
fects, music, special visual ef- 
fects, and three branching 
options for plot twists. By sav- 
ing your stories to self-booting 
disks, you can show them to 
people who don't have the pro- 
gram. Super Story Tree retails 
for $79.95. 

Both SuperPrint If and Su- 
per Story Tree require a 1 28K- 
equipped Apple He, lie, lie Plus, 
or IIgs. For more details, con- 
tact Scholastic at 2931 East 
McCarty Street, P.O. Box 
7502, Jefferson City, Missouri 
65102; (800) 541-5513. 



New Life 



When the battery in your lies 
runs down, as it inevitably will, 
you'll be faced with a less-than- 
lively computer. 

Until now, the solution has 
been to take your IIgs to the 
dealer and have the battery re- 
placed for you — an expensive 
and inconvenient operation. 
With a new battery replace- 
ment called the Slide-On, how- 
ever, you can change the 
lithium battery in a matter of 
moments. 

Even the technologically 
inept can manage to clip the 
wires between the old battery 
and the motherboard, then 
simply slide on the Slide-On. 
Because the Slide-On's termi- 
nals are designed to make con- 
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DTIcklex (602)- Keeps track and 
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lines: and appointments. HD 

DBIakbook (603) -Great for keeping 
track of addresses and phone num- 
bers. Prints an address book. 

D Stock Charting (612)- A complete 
portfolio system to track, analyze, and 
chart your stocks. 

D Small Business Accounting (617)- 
A must for alE small business owners! 

nSolve-ltl (61 8) -Does over 20 vita! 
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n PC-Books (621) -A complete, easy to 
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D PC-Loans (628) -This package sup- 
ports all common loan methods. 

DEasy Project (629)-A powerful 
project manager software package. 

DFbrmGen (630) -Design and print 
any office form, easily! 



DATABASE/MAIL LIST 



[llFile Express (700.701) -A powerful, 
easy to use database (2 disks). 

[U Doctor Data Labels (703,704)- 
Complete and powerful! A profes- 
sional mail list manager (2 disks) H[), 

[3]PC-Flle:dB (705-707)-The most 
powerful dBASE compatible program 
available! (3 disks) HD hi2K 

D Label Master (715)-A great mail list 
manager and label printing utility. 



SPREADSHEETS 



[UPC-Calc-t- (800-802)-Th8 most 
powerful spreadsheet package, 
(3 disks) 512K. 

DQubeCalc (806)- Take your spread- 
sheets 3-D! Highly recommended. 

D Lotus Macros [807) -A large collec- 
tion of Lotus macros and templates. 

[z] Lotus Learning System (810, 811)- 
Master Lotus 1-2-31 (2 disks) 



WORD PROCESSING 



[H PC-Write 3.02 {851-853)-The BEST 

word processor for under $200! Has 

spell checking and hundreds of other 

features (3 disks) 5 uJK 

n PC-Stylist (855)— Analyzes and helps 

you to improve your writing skills. 
n PC-Outline (860) -An excellent idea 

organizer and free form database- 
El WP 5.0 Learning Sys. (863,864)- 
Helps you !eam and master Word Per- 
fect 5.0. (If you have WP 4.2, select 
disks #861 & #862.) (2 disks) 
[UWP 5.0 Macros (857)-Several 
macros for Word Perfect 5.0. (If you 
have WP 4,2, select disk m56.) 
[UPCrype-i- (670-072) -Complete word 
processor with 100,000 word diction- 
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BiBLE/RELIGION 



DBible-Q (551)-Test your Biblical IQ! 

BIBLE Men (570) -A fun quiz on the 
people in the BIBLE. 

[§ SeedMaster (555-567)-The com- 
plete King James version of the BIBLE 
on disk! (13 disks) HD 



HOME BUDGETS/ 
FAMILY APPLICATIONS 



\2} Fast Bucks (100,101)- Keeps track of 
all your personal finances and prints 
great financial reports (2 disks). 

D Home Budget Manager (103) -Tracks 
all your household expenses and 
helps you to set budgets and goals. 

n Express Check (104) -Excellent 
checkbook program with reconcilia- 
tion and great screen displays. ;m: 

DHome Inventory {105)-Keeps track 
of all your personal property. 

DMealMate (115) -Helps you to plan 
nutritionally balanced meals, 

[I] Edna's Cookbook (11 8,1 19) -An easy 
to use computerized cookbook. 
Comes with several great recipes— 
add your own favorites.(2 disks) 

[H Brother's Keeper (120.121) -A great 
genealogy program that allows you to 
trace your family history (2 disks). 



EDUCATION 



[H French I & II (200,201)- Learn and 
practice French vocabulary (2 disks). 

[H Spanish I & II (205,206) -Test and 
train with these excellent Spanish 
vocabulary drills (2 disks). 

D Geography (215)-Learning is fun 
with this great geography trivia game. 

QPC-Gradebook (217) -Record and 
monitor your students' grades. 

n World (221) -A computer encyclope- 
dia of global information. C ■ 

DTyping Tutor (224)- Helps you 
improve your speed and skill. CGA 

D PC-Professor (229)-This program 
teaches SASIC programming. 

n Spelling Bee (230)- Helps students 
improve their spelling. . 

DMath Lessons (233) -A great pro- 
gram that teaches algebra. ■ 

D Facts 50 {234)-- A graphic geography 
lesson of the U.S. IG- 

D Computer Tutor (235)- Become a 
more effective computer user. 

a Play 'n' Learn (236) -A set of 6 learn- 
ing games for preschoolers. : -"v 



UTILITIES 



DMasterKeys (400)- Like Norton Utili- 
ties (recover deleted files, disk editing, 
change file attributes, etc.). 

DSlmCGA (404) —Allows monochrome 
PCs to run many CGA programs. 

QPC-DesKTeam (406) -Several useful 
desktop accessories (clock, calendar, 
calculator, notepad, etc.). 

n Automenu (409)— A very professional 
hard disk menu system. Run any of 
your programs from a custom menu. 

n SideWriter (410)- Prints your spread- 
sheet print files sideways. 

□ Baker's Dozen (411)-A set of 13 
utilities that everyone needs! 

□ Space Maker (412)— This utility allows 
you to fit more data on any disk. 

□ ALT (413)- If s like Norton Utilities, the 
Sidekick desktop accessories, and a 
menu program ail in one! 

□ Still River Shell (414)- A superb file 
and directory management utility. 

□ HD Backup (415) -Allows you to 
backup/restore all the data on your 
hard drive with floppy disks. HD 

□ NewKey (416)- Save time and 
increase efficiency by using this (the 
BEST) keyboard macro program 



GRAPHICS/PRINTING 



□ Express Graph (106) -Turns raw data 
into great business graphics, 

□ OlskOver (320)— Prints informative 
disk sleeves for all your disks. 

□ Banner Maker (502)- Prints banners 
in various sizes, styles, and fonts. 

□ PrintShop Graphics (503)-A large 
collection of Printshop clip art. 

□ EDraw (508) -Design tool for creating 
flow charts and schematics. '"■ i 

□ PC-Art (509)— A color graphics paint- 
ing/drawing package. , ;,< 

[D Epson Utilities (514,515)- Enhance 
the print quality of your Epson- 
compatible printer. (2 disks) 

a PC-Key Draw (520-523)- Powerful 
CAD design system. Works with 
mouse or keyboard. (4 disks) :. ' :A 

□ city Desk (525) -Simple desktop 
publishing for newsletters. 



MISC. APPLICATIONS 



□ Weight Control (302)-Let this pro- 
gram help you gel fit, 

□ Personal Biorhythm (310)-Will dis- 
play or print a personal chart 

[I]KwikStat (314,315)-A professional 
statistics package. (2 disks) 

□ Wisdom of the Ages (316-319)- 
Great quotes from the greatest minds 
of history. Quick access to 6000 quo- 
tations in several categories. (4 disks). 

□ Make My Day (627)- Puts you in con- 
trol by organizing your tJmel Keeps 
track of appointments and deadlines. 

□ Piano Man (901)— Compose and edit 
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GAMES 



□ AdventuneWare (934) -Five excellent 
adventure games. 

□ Armchair Quarterback (905)- A fun 
football strategy game. 

□ Baseball (916)-Great arcade action 
and baseball strategy. (-.A. 

□ Brain Teasers (953) -Test your knowl- 
edge In several categories. 

□ Checkers (954) - See if you are good 
enough to beat the computer C;VA 

□ Crime Lab (955)- Play this exciting 
graphic murder mystery game. CGA. 

□ Flightmare (923) -Futuristic fighter 
pilot arcade game. CGA 

□ Ford Simulator (956) -A great driving 
simulation game from Ford. CGA. 

□ Hopper (902)-Frogger clone. CGA. 

□ Kid Games (938) -These games are 
both fun and educational. CGA 

□ Kingdom of Kroz (952) -An excel- 
lent, award-winning adventure game. 

□ Las Vegas Style Craps (9t4)-Play 
and improve your skill. 

□ Monopoly (908)- An excellent new 
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□ PAC-Man & More! (930) - PAC-Man 
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□ PC-Gammon (907) -Play a tough 
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[U PC-Pro Golf (920,921) -Choose your 
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□ Pearl Harbor (959)— Save your fleet 
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□ Risk (946)-Play the famous board 
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□ Scrabble (957) -Test your word power 
with this always fun game. CGA. 



GAMES coNT 



D Sleuth (903)- Play detective in this 
"Who done it?" adventure. 

□ Solitaire (940)— The computer makes 
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□ Space War (958)-Battle it out in 
outer space— ship vs ship. GG"- 

□ Sports Games (927)- Bowling, arch- 
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□ star Trek (948) -Two versions for all 
you TREKies out there. 

□ strategic Games (926) -Fight on 
land and sea in this war simulation. 

□ striker (904)- Helicopter attack and 
rescue arcade game. CGA 

□ Pinball (941) -Great sound and fast 
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□ video Poker/Ultima 21 (945)-The 
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□ Wheel of Misfortune (935)- Like 
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This etegant solution to a 
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One of the neat things about 
software is that, like fine wine, 
it often improves with age. One 
program that has gotten a iot 
better is NewTek's DigiPaint 3. 
This upgraded HAM paint pro- 
gram is a complete rewrite of 
the ohginal, adding tons of new 
effects, drawing modes, and 
painting toots. 

DigiPaint 3 includes most 
of the standard drawing tooJs 
you've come to expect in a 
paint program. Texture map- 
ping tops the list of significant 
new features. You can wrap 
brushes onto any shape imag- 
inable, creating spectacular 
3-D effects. Take a map and 
wrap it on a globe, for instance. 
Adding visual effects to your 
paintings is a snap with adjust- 
abfe dithering, smoothing, 
transparency, and lighting 
placement. 

Unlike the origina! Digi- 
Paint, which had no font sup- 
port, DigiPaint 3 lets you use 
any Amiga font in your artwork. 
Instead of typing your text di- 
rectly onscreen, you select a 
font and type your text into a 
requester box. It's then con- 
verted into a brush that can be 
stamped anywhere onscreen. 
This lets you use any of the 
special brush effects to create 
warped, texture-mapped, anti- 
aliased, or even transparent 
fonts. On the downside, Digi- 
Paint 3 doesn't support the 
Amiga ColorFonts standard, 

DigiPaint 3 features a new 
user interface designed by 
weli-known Amiga artist Jim 
Sachs. It's not completely intu- 
itive — you will need to read the 
manual — but once you're fa- 



miliar with the program, for- 
merly complex operations 
become easy. Wbuld-be Ted 
Turners will find colorizing 
black-and-white pictures much 
easier with the updated version 
than with the original program. 

While DigiPaint 3 doesn't 
have every feature you'd ever 
want in a paint program^ — no 
flood fills, for example — it's a 
fast and powerful painting tool. 
If you want to add a HAM paint 
program to your digital palette, 
check this one out. 

DigiPaint 3 retails for 
$99.95 from NewTek, 115 
West Crane Street, Topeka, 
Kansas 66603. DigiPaint own- 
ers can upgrade by sending 
NewTek page 56 of their man- 
ual and $29.95 plus $6.00 for 
shipping. Owners of Deiuxe- 
Paint i and //, Deluxe PhotoLab, 
Express Paint, or Photon Paint 
can send $49.95 plus $6.00 
shipping and page 6 of their 
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Falcon Soars 



Falcon is one of the most real- 
istic flight simulators available 
for the Amiga. But its first in- 
carnation seemed harder to fly 
than the real plane. 

Spectnjm HoloByte has 
released an upgraded version 
that is much easier to control 
using the joystick or keyboard 
(I still found mouse control im- 
precise). It's also much more 
forgiving on landing — you can 
now touch down off the center 
of the runway without crashing. 
Best of ail, enemy MiGs no 
longer try to shoot you down 
as you're landing. The upgrad- 
ed Faicon can be installed on a 
hard drive, and it now works on 
Amigas with 68010, 68020, and 
68030 microprocessors. 

A mission disk, Operation: 
CounterStrif<e, is now available 
along with the upgrade. This is 
a definite must-have; it adds 12 
new air-to-air and atr-to-ground 
missions, all of which are tied 
into one nonstop scenario. For 
example, you have to destroy 
the Soviet T-80 tanks in the 
first mission quickly, or else 
you'll find the landing craft from 
the second mission are already 
beaching next to your airfield. 

The Faicon upgrade costs 
$7.50, or you can order the Op- 
eration: CounterStrike mission 
disk for $24.95 and receive the 
upgrade as a free bonus. Send 
a check or VISA/MasterCard 
information to Falcon Amiga 
Upgrade, Spectrum HoloByte, 
2061 Challenger Drive, Alame- 
da, California 94501 , or call 
(415) 522-3584 for more 
information. 
Denny Atkin 




Apple has lowered the prices 
on all 68000-based SEs by 
$300. They'll retail for $2,869. 

"It's just a matter of pro- 
viding more value to the cus- 
tomer and making the techno- 
logy available to a broader 
range of people," said an Ap- 
ple spokesperson. 

Besides chopping prices. 
Apple has also including the 
FDHD SuperDrive in all Mac 
SE models. This is the high- 
density drive (1 .4 megabytes of 
storage) that reads and writes 
to MS-DOS-, OS/2-, and Apple 
ll-formatted disks. 



In Your Palm 



In the search for a portable 
Macintosh, you could try a 
palmtop instead of a laptop. 
Microlytics (One Tobey Viilage 
Office Park, Pittsford, New 
York 14534; 716-248-9150) has 
started marketing The Data- 
Stor 8000. 

TheDataStorSOOOisan 
electronic personal information 
package that includes a pocket- 
size computer, a data-exchange 
program, a database manager, 
and cables. You can use the 
package to transfer information 
between your Mac and your 
pocket. The system works with 
most Macintosh models, in- 
cluding the 512KE, the Plus, 
the SE. and the II. 

The unit stores as many 
as 395 entries, the equivalent 
of 7951 characters, and retails 
for $149,95. 

This isn't the only hand- 
held personal information man- 
ager that links up with the 
Macintosh. Traveling Software 
(18702 North Creek Parkway, 
Bothell, Washington 9801 1 ; 
206-483-8088) has built a 
bridge between Sharp's Wiz- 
ard and the little gray Apple. 



Plain Words 



To fill the no- frills word proces- 
sor gap, New Horizons has re- 
leased WordMaker. It's remini- 



scent of early Microsoft 
Word — full -featured, yet man- 
ageable and unburdened by 
rarely used features. 

You still get a spelling 
checker (something you didn't 
find rn early Macintosh word 
processors). You get nice de- 
tails like curly quotation marks 
and text-wrapping. To track 
how much you write, summon 
the word-count feature. Word- 
Maker is economical, not 
primitive. 

For information, contact 
New Horizons at P.O. Box 
43167. Austin, Texas 78745; 
(512)328-6650. 



Another Publisher 



If you're ready to turn your 
word processing business into 
a desktop publishing service, 
look beyond the obvious pro- 
grams, like PageMaker and 
Ready-Set-Go. Timeworks has 
just released Publish It! for the 
Macintosh. 

Priced competitively at 
$395 (retail), it offers many fea- 
tures that you'd find in the old 
standbys, including a spelling 
checker and a thesaurus for 
word processing. Use Puhiish 
iti's rotation tool to turn text by 
one-degree increments. And, 
now that you've learned how to 
wrap text around an object, 
use this package to wrap text 
inside an object. You can also 
edit graphics imported from 
other packages. 

To find out more about 
Publish It!, contact Timeworks 
at 444 Lake Cook Road, Deer- 
field, Illinois 60015; (312) 
948-9200. 



Short Takes 



To get that extra mileage from 
your Mac, look for Math Magic 
educational software from 
MindPlay, 3130 North Dodge 
Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona 
85716 (800-221-7911); a file 
and disk security program 
called DiskLock from Fifth 
Generation Systems, 11200 
Industriplex Boulevard, Baton 
Rouge. Louisiana 70809 (800- 
873-4384); Desktop Help for 
Excel, an online manual for 
Excel 2.2 users, from Help 
Software, 10659-A Maple- 
wood Road, Cupertino. Cali- 
fornia 95014 (408-257-3815): 
and Power of Wingz (Scott 
Foresman and Company, 
1 900 East Lake Avenue, Glen- 
view, Illinois 60025; 800-782- 
2665), Dr. Neil J. Salkind's 
book about the new Informix's 
recently released spreadsheet 
package. 
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Millions of people have discovered the 
advantages of working at home. The guest 
bedroom, the recreation room, the base- 
ment, the garage — all can be corporate 
headquarters for your home business. Start 
with some basic ofllce furniture, a telephone, and an 
answering machine. Add to that an XT-class computer with 
two floppy disk drives, 256K of RAM, a decent word 
processor, and a 9-pin dot-matrix printer 

The first step to equipping your oiTice is learning what 
you need. Spend nothing \^ithout your business plan clenched 
firmly in hand, and use this article to examine purchase 
possibilities in three price ranges for three categories of 
home businesses. 

Babysitters and building contractors certainly qualify as 
freelancers, but we've concenlrated on freelance writers/ 
illustrators in our first group because they can do so much 
of their work with a computer. Our second group, consul- 
tants and researchers, present themselves as experts in a 
specific field and use the home office as a research-and- 
preseniation station. Our last group, service providers, can 
include ever\'thing from real estate agents to training ser- 
vices. We've concentrated on just two areas — catering and 
desktop publishing — to illustrate the makings of a service- 
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Vi/riter/Hlustrator 

Increasingly, freelance writers arc 
sending their copy to publishers via 
modem. Most publishers work on 
computers themselves, and it's much 
more cost efTicient for them to feed 
text directly into their systems than for 
them to rekcy primed submissions. 
Even disk'based submissions aren't al- 
ways good enough, because file trans- 
fers aren't always perfect. 

For freelance illustrators, a mo- 
dem serves two functions. First, it pro- 
vides a means of keeping in touch, via 
elecironic mail, with clients. Second, 
modems arc critical to designers 
whose illustrations are meant for desk- 
top publishing or for online graphics. 

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and GEnic offer public forums from 
which you can uncover freelance 
possibilities. A 2400-baud modem 
(about Si 50), makes access to these 
services more efficient, 

26 COMPUTE! 



But no matter how useful your 
new modem is. you may sometimes 
be required to submit article and book 
proposals (and in some cases the arti- 
cles and books themselves) and 
thumbnail graphic designs to publish- 
ers on paper. Unfortunately, 9-pin 
printers, even those with NLQ and 
graphics modes, aren't good enough to 
satisfy submission standards. 

Fifteen hundred bucks won't gel 
you a laser printer (unless you forego 
the rest of your equipment purchases). 
But you can pick up a high-quality 24- 
pin dot-matrix printer for between 
$400 and $600. Another choice might 
be an ink-jet printer ($900). but that 
will pretty w^ell clean you out. If the 
quality of your printed output is vital 
to your business, don't scrimp. 

Printing is the tail end of the 
writing/illustrating process. To get 
there, you'll need to invest $200-$450 
for a lop-quality word processor or 
$300-$ 5 50 for a top-quality illustra- 
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saurus and an excellent spelling 
checker. If the program boasts an 
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demands submissions in, say, 
WordPerfect files, look for a program 
that emulates the file stmctures of the 
big guys^ — or buy the real thing. For il- 
lustrators, your software choice must 
reflect the degree to which you expect 
to use it. If you don't use your com- 
puter as a drawing tool, then you 
don't need a drawing program. If you 
use the computer only as a way of 
conceptualizing an illustration, then a 
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In the home office, money Is always an object. A stand-alone fax machine can eat up 
roughly $1,500— a real bite out of your business. But a fax board for your PC may be 
just what you need. The cost ($300-31,100) is lower than that of a stand-alone, and the 
benefits are nearly identical. 

Fax boards and fax machines have one big difference: Fax boards can't fax 
hardcopy. With a fax machine, you feed in a piece of paper, and it tai<es care of the 
rest With fax boards, you must worl< with digital (computer-generated) material. You 
might, for instance, create a page using WordPerfect or a spreadsheet using Lotus 1-2- 
3, print it to disk, and then send the file over the fax board. 

To work with hardcopy, you'll have to buy a scanner for your PC, and that wilt raise 
your cost. The combination is still worth thinking about, though, because fax boards let 
you send output to several destinations at once, and you can program them to send 
during the night when phone costs are lower 

There are problems. Installation is tricky, and some of the softv^^re ts still buggy. 
Also, you'll need at least a 40-megabyte hard drive to use a fax board. 



Once you have landed a few cli- 
ents and are balancing several projects, 
you may want to trade up to a hard 
disk. Hard drives not only keep floppy 
disks from overwhelming your desk, 
they also force you to organize (if you 
don't, you won't be able to find any- 
thing on the drive). They also increase 
your productivity because you can get 
information faster from a hard disk 
than you can from a floppy disk. II- 
luslraiors especially will find hard 
disks almost essential 

Organization is key to managing a 
hard disk, and desk accessory software 
can make organizing easier. For about 
$150, you can probably find one pack- 
age that will handle your phone and 
address lists, calendar, and appoint- 
ment diar\'. If you want to keep your 
software purchases to a minimum, an 
integrated package ($100-5300) might 
work just as well. Such programs typi- 
cally include a word processor, a 
spreadsheet, a database, and tele- 
communications software. Some in- 
clude desk accessories as well 

Consultant /Researcher 

For the consultant/researcher group, 
some of the purchases in this price 
range are the same as those in the 
writer/illustrator group. The dif- 
ferences lie in the priority of the 
purchase. 



If you work with computers a 
great deal, for example, or with graph- 
ics software designed to produce top- 
notch presentations, you'll never regret 
upgrading to a hard disk drive. 

An integrated software program 
will take care of the two or three spe- 
cific areas for which you don't need 
top-quality packages. Financial consul- 
tants, for example, will need some- 
thing far beyond the spreadsheet 
capabilities of an integrated package, 
opting instead for Lotus 1-2-3, Excel, 
or another highly regarded package. 
Similarly, researchers needing large- 
database capabilities may go for dBase 
IV above the more limited features of- 
fered on integrated packages. 

Two other purchases also serve 
this group well: information-manage- 
ment software and a 2400-baud mo- 
dem. Consultants and researchers 
juggle a lot of projects, and both fre- 
quently need access to other comput- 
ers. An information manager like 
Agenda or IZE makes tracking mul- 
tiple projects, clients, and deadlines 
much easier. For consultants, the mo- 
dem provides a means of receiving 
information, feedback, and orders 
from clients; researchers will use a 
modem to connect their computers to 
the networks used by universities and 
large industries and to mainframe 
computers at research institutions. 



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.Again, our shopping list overlaps 
somewhat with the other two cate- 
gories, -A catering service, for instance, 
can generate attractive invoices, 
advertisements, and price lists with a 
24-pin dot-matrix printer — especially 
when combined with a sturdy, if not 
flashy, word processor or a low-end 
desktop publishing package. 

For caterers or desktop publishers, 
an integrated package provides a plat- 
form for designing brochures and price 
lists, for keeping customer lists, and 
for budgeting and accounting. .A good 
desktop accessories program is an- 
other, cheaper way of keeping cus- 
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service track its clients' projects from 
beginning to end. You'll need the help 
if you're handling several projects at 
one time, all at various stages of 
completion. 

Accountants cost money, so buy- 
ing accounting software makes a lot of 
sense. Combined with a good printer, 
an accounting package can provide an 
attractive printed invoice for your cus- 
tomers. The package will also track 
your cash flow^ and your payables, and 
will even print out your checks. 
Sooner or later, however, you'll need 
to hire an accountant to handle your 
books. 

The central element in a desktop 
publishing service, of course, is the 
desktop publishing software. The rule 
here is to get the best you can afford. 
PageMaker and Ivntura Puhlisher are 
the standards, but other available pro- 
grams might suit your needs at a lower 
cost Because of the space these 
applications require, desktop publish- 
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Consultants need a way of trans- 
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range is the board. To make a fax 
board completely efltclive, you'll also 
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gives you the ability to instantly add 
an work to your designs. 

A writer/illustrator, especially one 
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That makes an investment in a VGA 
card and monitor worth considering. 
A VGA-specific monitor is a good 
choice, but if you can afford it, you 
should pick up a multisync monitor 
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VG.^— just in case you upgrade. 

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want to go to four-color separation 
and use a professional typesetting 
service. 



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$5000 

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With another $2,500, several options 
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BPI GreNeral AccouN-liNQ^I ^5 

NEC LCg^O Laser FnNfer ^1^7 

Total: $5,m 

If you need high-quality output, 
you'll definitely want a laser printer. 

The operative word here is need. 
Don't spend your hard-earned money 
unless you have to, because there are 
plenty of print shops and laser services 
around, in your city and via modem. 
The cost of a laser printer isn't just the 
cash up front. You need good quality 
paper, and toner must be replaced at 
roughly $20 a pop. Eventually, youMl 
also have to replace the drum, and 
this will set you back over $100. If 
you buy a laser printer, put it to work 
immediately. If you don'i, you'll have 
an extremely cost-ineffective machine 
sitting in the corner, and that's not 
good for any business. t> 

34 COMPUrEI 



The Vital Computer? 



In Barbara Andrew's business, computers occupy center stage. Her firm, Ponsonby 
Comnnunications, operates in both the desktop publishing and desktop video fields, 
producing newsletters, magazines, brochures, and multimedia presentations for medium 
to large businesses. 

Like most businesses of this kind, Andrew has found it necessary to maintain an 
MS-DOS platform. Her clients often send in disks containing IBM ASCII files. But the 
heart of Ponsonby are two Amigas: an Amiga 1000 and an A2000 equipped with a PC- 
compatible Bridgeboard. 

Michael Hale conducts his graphic design business out of his home in the country 
near Bora, Ontario, about an hour's drive from Toronto. He designs books, corporation 
brochures, recruitment brochures, annua! reports, business cards, letterhead, and news- 
paper ads. 

Hale describes his home office as a desk in a corner of the living room. "My files 
are up in my studio on the second floor," he says. "My bank accounts are stuck in a 
cubbyhole cupboard beside the kitchen table/' When you add in the darkroom, it's plain 
that Hale has spread his office around. 

But while Andrew sees her computers as an integral part of her business, Hale re- 
gards his as secondary. "*A number of people I know use their computers for graphic 
design, but I don't." Hale says. "I won't ru!e out the possibility, but I just haven't had the 
need yet." He uses an Apple II Plus with 48K of memory and two drives, plus a dot- 
matrix printer. '1t does the job," he says. 

Andrew is just the opposite. She feels her equipment brings in new business and 
keeps her steady clients happy. "We have a 2400-baud modem, which is a real neces- 
sity," she says. "Clients often send us text by modem, and we take it and massage it 
from there." Aiding the final massage are a QMS PS-800 Plus laser printer and a low- 
end Sharp fax machine. "The fax machine is indispensable/ " she explains. "Many of our 
clients are 60-100 miles away, and it's much more efficient to fax them copies of the 
output than it is to send it by courier." 

Hale doesn't feel his work suffers from the system he has chosen. "When you find 
that the tool limits what you can do, then you look around for something else. But I still 
haven't used all that AppfeWnter [his word processing software] has to offer, so why 
should I change?" 

The common ground that Hale and Andrew share is the studied perspective of the 
role computers play in their businesses. "It's a tool, but like any good tool it becomes an 
extension of your brain," says Hale. "The Apple broke down last week, and I feel as if a 
part of me has been cut off." 




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business prospects for graphics and publishing services. 



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Your Home Office 



Depending on your need, you 
may find a photocopying machine a 
good investment. But it will eat up the 
bulk of your additional $2,500. Buy 
only if you find yourself spending, say, 
$80-$ 100 per month on photocopying 
costs. A word of advice: Tr>' before 
you buy. A photocopier of only mod- 
erate quality is of no use. 

Although it may sound strange, 
you might want to buy a second com- 
puter. A spare computer can serve as a 
backup to your main machine in case 
of breakdown. Or, if you put it in an- 
other room, it can provide a break 
from working in your office. It can 
also keep the kids occupied. (They 
might even start a business of their 
own!) If you buy a different system 
from your mainstay machine, a second 
computer can open up business 
possibilities. For example, illustrators 
who use an MS-DOS machine might 
consider enhancing their client poten- 
tial by picking up a Macintosh or an 
Amiga. 

Consultant /Researcher 

With an extra $2,500, the consultant/ 
researcher might think about buying 
an 80386-based computer system. If 
you're a researcher performing nu- 
merous mathematical calculations, a 
financial consultant working with large 
spreadsheets, or anyone working with 
huge databases or elaborate presenta- 



tion software, a 386 computer can be 
a boon to your business. Alternative- 
ly, you can upgrade a 286 system by 
adding a math coprocessor. But if you 
buy a new machine and you can af- 
ford it, keep your old machine and use 
it as a backup or for dedicated tasks 
hke terminal emulation or word 
processing. 

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HP LaserJet Series l 1,7^1 
Totai: $1,<^7t 



A laser printer might also be in 

order if there's strong economic jus- 
tification. Other possibilities include 
such specialized items as software and 
hardware for video production. 
Though video-production equipment 
is expensive (there goes your five 
thousand bucks), consultants engaged 
in training or presentations might find 
it the most important equipment 
they've ever bought. 

Service Provider 

For the desktop publishing service 
operating at this price range, a laser 
printer becomes mandatory. You need 
the best output possible, even for your 
drafts. It might be necessar\^ to go out- 
side your business for the final prod- 



uct (to a professional ty^pesetter), but 
you simply must invest in a good laser 
printer. 

Because desktop publishing pack- 
ages work by having you design pages 
(not just screens), a full-page monitor 
makes a lot of sense as well. You'll 
reduce aggravation and increase 
productivity when you can see the full 
page on the screen. The result is a su- 
perior product. Some advice: Make 
sure that the software supports your 
monitor. 

NEC LC890 Laser Pn-Nter $5J97 

Mulfiview MoNiforaNd 

Graf x?ro adapter 1,050 



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$5Ji(o 



Upgrading to a large (120- 
megabyte) hard drive would also be 
wise. At this level a desktop publish- 
ing service needs lots of hard disk 
storage. Page layouts hog enormous 
amounts of disk space, and you'll 
want to call up graphics files and style 
sheets quickly and effortlessly. Be sure 
to back up your hard disk: Lose that 
much work and you may lose your 
business. a 





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With the awesome F-19, 
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To start, you can choose a 
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and bombing runs. Tactical 
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and win the 

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You'll have detailed maps 
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MY VIEW 



PAUL 



AND 



SARAH 



EDWARDS 



OPEN 

THOSE 

C0UAR8 

YOU'RE WORKING 
AT HOME 



Sarah and I have been de- 
scribed as pioneers be- 
cause we began working 
from home in ihe 1 970s. 
Working at home was un- 
usual for white-collar 
workers. In fact, al least 
one neighbor beheved I 
was unemployed. 
But. as much as we'd 
like to accept the title of 
pioneers, we discovered while writing 
Working from Home that many 
homeworkers had preceded us. In 
fact, the original home offices be- 
longed to the ancient Romans. 

But they didn't have the personal 
computer. 

I do. I sold my Hasselblad cam- 
era and bought an Osborne I. Our 
work lives have never been the same. 
For millions of people, home and of- 
fice have become one. City govern- 
ments that are, on one hand, enforc- 
ing zoning ordinances restricting 
home businesses are, on the other 
hand, instaUing or urging telecom- 
muting programs to ease traffic con- 
gestion and air pollution problems. 

This has created a new^ categor\': 
open-collar workers. They do their 



jobs and run their businesses from 
home, and their ranks number in the 
millions. The 1989 National Work-at- 
Home Sur\'ey by Link Resources 
found more than 26 million home- 
workers. Between 1988 and 1989, 
over 4 million people began working 
at home for the first time — almost 
double the number of new home- 
workers the previous year and nearly 
four times the number from two years 
ago. Link Resources' Tom Miller pro- 
jects that by the time we elect our next 
president, 3 1 million people will be 
working at home. 

What are people doing at home? 
Everything from alarm operation and 
aerobics instruction to zipper repair. 
We've developed a list of approxi- 
mately 400 types of home-based busi- 
nesses, and well over 1 00 of these are 
based on the personal computer. 

Personal computers have made 
traditional home-based business more 
productive. Plumbers, electricians, 
contractors, writers, and craftspeople 
have worked at home longer than mi- 
crocomputers have, but now these 
people can perform many office tasks 
more efieclively and efficiently than 
in the past. They can write letters, 
send invoices, track projects, and pro- 
duce marketing materials. People who 
ran their businesses from their back 
pockets benefited from the low over- 
head of a computerized home office. 

Before personal computers, no 
one made a living at desktop publish- 
ing, no one used computer brokering, 
no one converted data or formatted 
disks. These are but a few ways people 
are carving out livelihoods using PCs. 

Some major companies, such as 
American Express, Best Western, and 
J.C. Penney allow their employees to 
work at home by telecommuting. Ac- 
tually, telecommuting, according to 
consultant Gil Gordon, simply means 
being linked by telephone with your 
office, but, for most of us, it means 
using a computer and a modem. 

Your best opportunities for a job 
at home are with a smaller company. 
According to Link Resources, nearly 
two out of three homeworkers are em- 



ployed by firms with fewer than 100 
employees. One further lip: Your 
most likely source of home-based 
work is your current employer. Com- 
panies rarely hire people they don't 
know for work away from the office. 

Instead of staying late at the of- 
fice or coming back to w^ork on week- 
ends, a rapidly growing number of 
people are taking their work home on 
floppy disks. These are the after-hours 
workers. Approximately 14 million of 
the 26 million homeworkers fall into 
this category. Thai's about one out of 
every eight people in the work force. 

There's a good chance you may 
be an after-hours worker. If so, you 
could use your computer to start a 
part- or full-time business, Sur\'eys 
show that more than half of all Ameri- 
cans want their own business. Some 
want to earn extra income. Others 
seek independence. Those w^ho suc- 
ceed will be in good company. Major 
companies, including Apple Com- 
puter, Domino's Pizza, and Walt Dis- 
ney, have started in spare bedrooms, 
garages, and basements. 

Many of these well-known com- 
panies, of course, predate computers. 
Today personal computers make 
starting and operating a business easi- 
er and more certain. In fact, statistics 
from the Small Business .Administra- 
tion tell us that the survival rate has 
doubled and 40 percent of these busi- 
nesses are still around after five years. 

So if you're thinking about start- 
ing your own business or talking your 
management into letting you bring 
your job home, now is a good time. 
After all, someone's going to do it; it 
might as well be you. 




Paul and Sarah Edwards mi ie exten- 
sively about home offices. The}^ co-host 
'The Home Office Show" on the 
Business Radio Network. h 



38 COMPUTE 








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The most important trend in computers 
and computer-related work is the home 
office, right? 
Wrong. 
Home office, if you examine it, 
turns out to be one of those high-concept market- 
ing terms. Everyone targets that home office: It's 
the place you put the office equipment and sup- 
plies you buy. 

Your home office is where you work. 

But your home business is what you work on. 

Think of it that way, and the place and the 
importance of the computer may change a bit. 
Your home office, for example, may well revolve 
around your computer. Your home business, ex- 
cept in a few special cases, probably shouldn't. 
Rather, your home business, like any business, 
should be focused upon your products, services, 
and customers. The computer must ser\^e these 
needs first. 

This philosophy applies almost equally to 
self-contained home businesses or to employees 
who carr>' materials from the outside office to the 
home office. Too often, though, home workers 
serve iheir computers, spending as much if not 
more lime managing hardware and software than 
attending to business. 

This isn't the way the computer revolution, 
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Take Five 



Adventures in Home 
Business 

I ran a successful home business 
full-lime for six years, and it has 
continued to thrive part-time over 
the two years Tve been at COM- 
PUTE!. My business was writing. 
My products included books {not 
computer books), magazine and 
newspaper articles, as well as busi- 
ness and corporate communica- 
tions ranging from newsletters to 
annual reports to industrial train- 
ing films. 




For the first three years of its 
operation, I ran that business on a 
typewriter. Admittedly, it was a 
ver\' good typewriter — a Facit — 
but it was, nonetheless, a type- 
writen Old-wave technology. 

When 1 made the leap to 
computings — an XT, 640K RAM, 
20-megabyte hard disk, yeah — I 
assumed that every aspect of my 
work and work habits would be 
changed as if by magic. 

We all know what happens 
when we assume. 

Every bit of it happened 
to me. 

First there was the Learning 
Curve, on whose steepest early 
slopes I could be found gazing at 
my typewriter with unalloyed 
nostalgia. 

Then came the Land of Lost 
Data, in whose marshes I cursed 
myself for ever thinking that 
computers could be valuable tools. 
My stay there wasn't lengthy and 
was followed eventually by the 
Province of Power Use, where ter- 
minate-and-stay-resident programs, 
WYSIWYG word processing, ram- 
disks, and so forth occupied an in- 
ordinate amount of my time and 
interest. 



Finally, there was the 
Environment of Endless Editing. 
It's so easy to change things on a 
computer Rewriting and retooling 
paragraphs was so simple, in fact, 
that it was easier to spend a morn- 
ing on stuff already written than it 
was to get on with new work. Less 
copy was flowing from the com- 
puter out of my house than had 
flowed from my typewriter. 

At some point, though, I 
experienced a breakthrough that 
changed the way I thought about 
computers, got my production 
back to normal levels, and pro- 
vided me with a perspective that I 
think is valuable to anyone who 
works at home. 

I turned the machines off. 

Turn It OFF! 

Sometimes the most important 
business aspect of your computer is 
the power switch. Sometimes the 
most important thing you can do 
for your business is to get up from 
your desk, leave your office, and 
take a walk — especially if you're 
one of those home office workers 
who becomes more enamored of 
the computer and its software than 
the work you're supposed be doing 
with them. 

More and more often I meet 
people who operate businesses out 
of their homes. Less and less do I 
look forward to talking to them. 
Not because they're dull — give 
most people a chance to discuss 
their profession and, chances are, 
you'll learn something interesting. 

But most of the home busi- 
nesspeople I've met lately don't 
want to talk about their profes- 
sions. They want to talk about 
their possessions. Specifically, they 
want to talk about office electronics. 

Which is fine. I do it myself 
I love computers and their periph- 
erals and consider them to be the 
most important office tools ever 
developed. Obviously, I owe a 
large part of my income to 
computers. 

But the focus of home office 
workers is too often placed upon 
the tools rather than the work. The 
best shovel in the worid isn't going 
to make you a better ditch digger, 
and the most elaborate office 



electronics setup in the world isn't 
going to make your business 
successful You can make your 
business succeed. If you use 
computers to do it, so much the 
better. But the burden is on your 
flesh-and-blood shoulders, not on 
the machines' silicon and circuitry. 



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The idea that tools make the 
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clothes make the person. 

Who's in Charge Here? 

I know, for example, people who 
run million-dollar businesses with 
Commodore 64s, and people who 
have run businesses into the 
ground with 386 machines. Tve 
read good novels written on Apple 
lis and seen collections of rejec- 
tion slips gathered by writers using 
loaded Macintoshes. 

It's not a question of degree. 
If s a question of common sense. 

Putting the machines first 
puts you and your business in a 
dangerous position. You may find 
yourself making computer excuses. 
We've all heard them. ;V/v' com- 
puter can't do that And Vd love to 
do business with you, but my com- 
puter isn *l set up for it. 

In some cases, those answers 
are appropriate. Too often, though, 
a business problem is blamed on 
the computer. The computer, in 
other words, dictates what the 
business can and can't do. That's a 
lot more freight than your com- 
puter should have to carr\^ It vi- 
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can become a rut that's easy to get 
into and hard to get out of^until 
your business fails. 

Common sense should also 
remind you not to get more 
electronics than your business can 
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You may find, for example, 
that a high-quality keyboard can 
do more for your productivity 
than a hundred extra megabytes 
on your hard disk. For small busi- 
nesses, a good integrated software 
package may be more useful — not 
to mention more affordable — than 
a trio of the industr\^'s top sellers. 

Talk to other home business- 
people, preferably those who've 
overinvested in equipment. Listen 
to their stories. 

If your neighborhood is like 
mine, you'll find at least a couple 
of prime examples of computer ex- 
cuse-makers, of technology-addicts 
who've traded business goals for 
computer buzzwords. The out- 
growth of this is that computers 
dictate how their businesses 
operate. 

It shows. Believe me, it 
shows. 

Gray-Flannel Output 

Where it shows first is, of course, 
in printed materials. 

I see a lot of material pro- 
duced on computers. And a lot of 
it could use a lot of work. In the 
course of a week at COMPUTE!, 



my desk might be blessed with 
half a dozen clearly written and sen- 
sibly designed query letters and 
proposals. 

During that same week I 
may see three times as many sub- 
missions that are a jumble of type- 
faces and badly positioned graphics. 
Just as annoying are the packages 
that eschew fancy fonts and graph- 
ics but present their plain-vanilla 
text in nowhere-near-letter-quality 
print, usually produced on a ribbon 
whose best days passed years ago. 

Let's get the common-sense 
point out of the way first. Not 
everyone needs or can afford a la- 
ser printer. But no one doing busi- 
ness can afford to use worn-out 
ribbons. Whatever your printer, re- 
place its ribbon regularly. The im- 
pression even your occasional 
correspondence makes is worth far 
more than the number of extra 
impressions you get from your rib- 
bon. Don't overspend on the big 
items, but don't cheap out on the 
small ones. 

For correspondence, the best 
rule is to remember to keep it sim- 
ple! Letterhead is necessary; font 
changes within the body of the let- 
ter are not only unnecessary, they 
distract from the business at hand. 
Correspondence puts your business 
in their hands — make sure you 
give them something they'll hold 
onto. 

Graphics and fonts are more 
complex, but common sense again 
has a lot to offer The best-looking 
desktop publishing materials in the 
world aren't going to help a pro- 
posal that has nothing to offer. 
Nor will a conservative and care- 
ful presentation harm a dynamite 
idea. In business — even in Ameri- 
can business today — content 
counts more than appearance. 
Keep your content foremost in 
your mind. 

More elaborate presentations 
will naturally call for more elabo- 
rate treatment. Just bear in mind 
that desktop design and desktop 
publishing are tools, not ends in 
themselves. Otherwise you might 
find yourself in the position of the 
chef who places all of his emphasis 
on the sauce, neglecting the entree 
it's intended to enhance. 



Matters of Time 

Not as immediately evident as 
flawed printed materials, but ul- 
timately more devastating for your 
business, is the amount of lime 
your computer requires — or, to be 
more accurate, the amount of time 
you spend at your computer. 

For devices intended to make 
us all more efficient and produc- 
tive, computers can be among the 
biggest time-consumers in your 
business. This is, in part, a result 
of the malleability of the materials 
you're working with. 




The ease with which you can 
change things on a computer 
makes it easier to become dissatis- 
fied with what you've produced. 
Writing is rewriting, as they say, 
but the computer can transform 
rewriting from a craft into a ca- 
reer. The same is true for num- 
bers: Is your third hour of adjust- 
ing figures on that spreadsheet 
really more valuable than the first? 

Go into each project with an 
idea of where the appropriate stop- 
ping places should be found. Then 
start looking for them. Don't be 
afraid to turn the machines off 
and take that walk. YouMl come 
back refreshed and better able to 
see how much you've accom- 
plished, not how much you think 
needs to be changed. 

Another good tip is to turn, 
from time to time, to old-wave 
technology — ^specifically, to pencil 
and paper. When you finish a first 
draft of a business proposal, print 
it. Go over it with pencil in hand, 
making corrections and notations 
on paper. 



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If you bill your clients and 
customers by the hour or receive 
overtime for work brought home, 
you're already tracking the time 
you spend at your keyboard. If 
not, give it a try. Take a hard, 
honest look at how much time you 
spend at the keyboard, breaking 
the hours down into creative, 
productive, and nonproductive 
time. The results of the experi- 
ment may guide you to change 
your computer habits. 

Set Yourself Free! 

If the computer can breed bad 
business habits, it can also help 
you break them. 

Having said so many conser- 
vative, if not negative, things 
about computers, I feel obhged to 
point out that the computer is 
without question the most valu- 
able tool a business can have. 

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Even better, it's the most flex- 
ible of tools. Word processing is 
by far the most popular computer 
appHcation. Spreadsheets and 
databases each make their own 
valuable contributions to the op- 
eration of a well-ordered business. 

But the most sophisticated 
word processors and the most 
feature-laden databases and 
spreadsheets still deal with the 
more prosaic side of business — 
words, names, numbers. Your 
business — any business — rises and 
falls on the creative energy you 
bring to it. Too often overlooked 
in our rush to think of the home 
oflFice as a place of tools, is the 
computers ability to senx your 
creativity and, in turn, your 
business. 



Brainstorming is a good 
example. 

The late John D. MacDonald, 
among the best suspense novelists 
of his generation, once offered a 
hint for plotting a novel Take a 
scratch pad and write one idea per 
sheet of paper. Didn't matter if the 
notation was a character's name, 
or a setting for a scene, or a plot 
twist By the time you're through 
with the scratch pad, you should 
have a good sense of where your 
story is going and what its main 
elements will be. 

The same free-association 
strategy can be just what the doc- 
tor ordered for a stubborn business 
problem, for laying a strategic 
groundwork, or for gaining control 
of seemingly unrelated material 
And the computer makes a perfect 
scratch pad for cycling through 
mounds of ideas. 

I find outliners to be the most 
useful tool for this type of session, 
although your word processor or a 
free-form database can serve the 
purpose just as well. The more 
fluid and flexible the software, the 
better. Set up a few categories — 
existing clients, for example, hot 
prospects, new services or prod- 
ucts — and take a deep breath. 

Then, for an hour or so, free- 
associate, typing in every relevant 
or even irrelevant idea that passes 
through your head. Scramble the 
categories, shuffle the notes in dif- 
ferent directions. You'll be sur- 
prised how quickly you begin to 
generate new insights and how eas- 
ily those insights spark others. 

You can take the same ap- 
proach with existing databases. Cy- 
cle through your records from 
different perspectives, attempting 
to discover what your clients have 
in common. 

(.^nd when you've finished 
your brainstorming session, save 
your materials, turn off the com- 
puter, and go for a walk. Your 
juices will still be flowing, and, 
freed from the keyboard, you may 
find even larger insights than you 
produced at your desk.) 

In short, don't be afraid to use 
the computer creatively. It's ca- 
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My home office is perhaps my 
favorite place on earth. There are 
plenty of electronic devices that I 
want — 386, fax, laser printer — but 
at the moment I have everything I 
need. 

One thing I need, and that 
helps me maintain what I think is 
a healthy perspective, is that type- 
writer. I turn to it at least once a 
day, to type an envelope or fill in 
a form. It's appropriate technol- 
ogy, and it has its place in my of- 
fice. So do pencils and paper. 




So does the computer. If the 
computer's place is more prom- 
inent (it's on my main desk: the 
typewriter, on another, smaller 
desk off to the side), that's because 
the computer is now my primary 
business tool 

But it is a tool, a means by 
which I accomplish my goals. That 
perspective has made me a more 
productive computer user, I think, 
and has made my use of the com- 
puter more enjoyable, not to men- 
tion profitable. 

More important, it has helped 
my business succeed and grow. 

Your home office is a special 
place — but the success of your 
home business is the goal toward 
which that office, and all of its 
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a securities and portfolio man- 
ager for home and business 
use. Portfolios can be updated 
manually by entering stock 
quotations or automatically 
while connected with Dow 
Jones News/Retrieval or 
Warner. Separate portfolios 
can be set up for each broker 
to include cash exchanges, T- 
bills, mutual funds, options, se- 
curities, and other transactions. 
Predesigned reports can be 
phnted, or you can create cus- 
tom reports for almost any 
need. The program automati- 
cally performs most calcula- 
tions, and there is a four- 
function pop-up calculator. 
Onscreen help is available at all 
times. Personal Portfolio Man- 
ager includes a manual and is 
available on both 5V4- and 3V2- 
inch disks. 

Quick Check 

Intracorp 

IBM PC and compatibles 

$14,95 

Quick Check is a basic check- 
writing program for tracking up 
to five t^ank accounts and an 
unlimited number of expense 
accounts. You can print on 
form-feed checks without exit- 
ing other programs. The pro- 
gram works in the resident 
background memory and gen- 
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dBase III 



Quicken 2.0 

Intuit 

IBM PCs and compatibles 

S49.95 

\fersion 2.0 of this program 
contains ttie same check-writing 
and financial-management fea- 
tures as the original version 
plus some new capabilities. A 
bill-minder feature reminds you 
when it's time to pay a bill, and 
the program can automatically 
write recurring checks. Finan- 
cial records are updated when- 
ever a transaction occurs. 
Reports such as income and 
payroll tax records, budgets, 
and income and expense can 
be generated and printed out. 
Version 2.0 also allows an un- 
limited number of bank ac- 
counts and transactions. The 
package includes a quick-start- 
and-tips card, a manual, sam- 
ple checks and envelopes, and 
a check and envelope order 
form. Disks are available in 3V2- 
and SV^-inch formats. Free tele- 
phone support is provided. 

Small Business 
Accounting — General 
Ledger 

Publishing International 
IBM PC and compatibles 
Requires 51 2K 
$27.95 

This basic accounting program 
tracks your income and expen- 
ditures without the expertise of 
an accountant. General Ledger 
has a double-journal entry sys- 
tem so accounts and records 
may be easily viewed or edited. 
Balance sheets and income 
statements are prepared 
automatically. 

Smart Money 

Sierra 

IBM PCs and compatibles 

S79.95 

Smart Money controls day-to- 
day expenditures and plans for 
the financial future. The pro- 
gram sets up a budget, tracks 
bills, reminds you of payment 
dates, and reconciles credit- 
card and checking-account 
statements. Transactions are 
automatically updated to the 
proper accounts. This program 
also shows you how to save 
for major purchases, decide 
when to borrow money, and 
plan investments in stocks and 
IRAs. Reports such as profit- 
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IBM PC and compatibles 
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EZ-Forms Lite 

EZX 

IBM PC and compatibles 

Requires 320K 

S49-00 

EZ-Forms Lite lets you create, 
fill in, print, and revise business 
forms. Available graphics in- 
clude borders, lines, shades, 
and combs. Other features in- 
clude autotime, autodate, se- 
quence numbering, and block 
cut, paste, and copy. 

FormSet 

SoftView 
Apple IIgs 

IBM PC and compatibles 
Macintosh 

Requires 768K and two drives (Ap- 
ple); 640K. hard disk, and graphics 
adapter compatitHe with Microsoft 
Windows (IBM) 
S95.00 

FormSet's stock of 65 prede- 
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you to automatically insert 
information in individual or 
linked forms. The forms are di- 
vided among five menus: gen- 
eral, accounting, payables. 



personnel, and sales. Individual 
forms cover everything from in- 
ventory summary to payroll re- 
cords. The program also 
creates company letterheads 
and accepts logos transferred 
from any standard paint pro- 
gram. The mouse- or key- 
tx>ard-driven program accom- 
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PerForm 2.0 

Delnna 

IBM PCs and compatibles 

Requires 640K, hard disk, and 

CGA, EGA, VGA, MCGA. or 

Hercules 

S294,95 

PerForm 2.0's WYSIWYG inter- 
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print forms — from question- 
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ize them with boxes, lines, vary- 
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WYSIWYG text-based format 
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Address Book Plus 

Power Up 

IBM PC and compatibtes 

S49.95 

Address Book Plus can handle 
most small-business marl 
needs ranging from bulk mail 
to personal greetings. You 
store names, addresses, 
phone numbers, birthdays, and 
other information. The program 
lets you browse, edit, delete, 
print, and import or export re- 
cords with a few keystrokes. 
The program will search and 
sort your addresses by charac- 
ter combination, name, compa- 
ny, zip code, profession, date, 
and more. You can print your 
fist on a variety of paper sizes 
for address books, rotary files 
and index cards, mailing labels, 
and envelopes. Using the pro- 
gram's subdirectory capability, 
you can sort and list even more 
specific information. The pro- 
gram manages up to 75,000 
addresses. 



Addressetope 

Barry A. Watzman 
IBM PC and compatibles 
S46.95 

You can use Addresselope to 
print addresses on as many as 
four different envelope sizes 
using eight type fonts. You can 
capture addresses from within 
documents, print from a choice 
of predefined return address- 
es, and print advertising or pro- 
motional messages on the 
envelope, Addresselope can 
store up to 1 6 addresses 
before printing. The program 
isn't copy-protected, and it 
supports any printer which can 
feed and print envelopes. 

Fastpak Mail 

BLOCPublishing 

IBM PC and compatibles 

S79.95 

Fastpak Mail tracks and sorts 
addresses, names, and phone 
numbers for mailings ranging 
from overnight packages to 
bulk mail. You can store up to 
64,000 names, print labels. 



merge mail, and sort ZIP codes 
according to bulk-mail regula- 
tions. You can print return-ad- 
dress labels, envelopes, rotary 
index cards, file-folder labels, 
invoices, checks, newsletters, 
and subscriber lists. Fastpak 
lets you merge names and ad- 
dresses into the body of a let- 
ter or convert lists from other 
programs. Additional features 
include an automatic proper- 
name capitalizer, network sup- 
port, overnight-mail address- 
ing, and compatibility with most 
word processors. The program 
comes on 3V2- and 5V4-inch 
disks. 

Influence 

Varteck 

IBM PC and compatibles 

Requires 385K and a hard disk 

S98.00 

Influence can store more than 
10,000 names, addresses, 
phone numbers, and descrip- 
tions. You can access the infor- 
mation by category, keyword, 
or name. The program will also 
automatically dial any phone 
number in your file. Using 
keywords, you can categorize 
and spectfy each entry and 
then sort or search those 
names later. You may also 
search your list using personal 



information notes or dates. In- 
fluence lets you store up to 
four phone numbers per per- 
son and make notes at each 
entry pertaining to your most 
recent conversation. 

Mailing and Phone List 

Publishing international 
IBM PCs and compatibles 
S24,95 

trailing and Phone List is a 
standard mailing program that 
lists addresses and phone 
numbers, dials automatically, 
and prints envelopes and la- 
bels. You can print, search, 
and sort alphabetically by 
name, category, ZIP code, or 
text string. The program is 
mouse-compatible. 

MyBASE 

Useful Software 
IBM PC and compatibles 
Requires 384K 
$89.95 

l^yBASE can store and print 
names and addresses, catalog 
and search data, access vari- 
ous utilities, and generate 
quick-reference matenal. You 
can print the addresses and 
names in many formats, includ- 
ing Rolodex cards and Day- 
Timer pages. 




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Recipe Manager 

• Use our recipes or add your own. 

• Locale recipes by narne. ingredi- 
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• Print recipes on standard sheets 
or 4x7 index cards, 

• fniport/Ejcport recipes, (Converts 
recipes from other formats) 

• Reside rucipes. 
Grocery Manager 

• Maintain complete grocery 
inventory. 

• Monitor shopping history and 
costs. 

• Organije your discount couporvs, 

• Print Inventory and shopping 

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• )'1i:storical cost reporting. 



Communications 

• Send/ Receive recipes over 
telephone. 

• Automatic dial end logon 
features- 

Chef's Handbook 

• Helpful tips on cocking, nutrition, 
exercise, and meal planning. 

• Personal Text Editor. 
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• Full-Color Menu's with Light Bar 
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• Online Context Sensitive help. 

• Pop-Up Calculator 

• Full Featured Text Editor 

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BODYARMOR 

Will reduce 
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ROCKET LAUNCHER 
Destroy enemy equipment 
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Only means of 
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REMOTE CONTROL MISSILE 
Guide it with your con trolpad. 




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Keeps you breathing 
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Used to detect infrared alarm 
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This is your most valuable piece 
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Helps you 
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Allows you to use 
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Avery 

IBM PC and compatibles 

Requires 51 2K and CGA, EGA, 

VGA. MCGA, or Hercules card 

S99.95 

LabelPfo lets you preview and 
print almost any label with a 
choice of fonts ranging from 6 
to 96 points. The program also 
lets you add clip art and import 
company logos and other im- 
ages. LabelPro can produce 
transparencies and generic la- 
bels such as Please Rush and 
Parcel Post. 

Labels! 

POP Computer Products 
IBM PC and compatibles 
S29.95 

Labels! can store up to 4000 
names and addresses in as 
many as ten formats to let you 
create and phnt the labels you 
want. The program's Lookup 
Engine searches for partial 
character combinations if you 
can remember only part of a 
listing. The grabber feature lets 
you enter an address once and 
save the data to later print on 
an envelope. The program im- 
ports and exports ASCII text 
files. 



Labelworks 

Zephyr Services 

Apple II 

IBM PC and compatibles 

$29.95 

Labelworks provides several 

formats for producing labels 
ranging from name tags to la- 
bels for boxes and containers. 
You use the fill-in forms on the 
screen to generate standard- 
size labels one, two, three, or 
tour columns across. Lists can 
be organized for mailings or 
general reference. Expanded- 
size characters to increase 
readability can be printed on a 
dot-matrix printer. 

PC Names and Labels 

Data Easy 

IBM PC and compatibles 

S1 00.00 

Using Names and Labels, you 
can enter and search data in 
fields such as name, address, 
city, state, ZIP code, phone, 
purchase, date, selected 
codes, and more. You can pick 
any combination of attributes 
to list and phnt on labels. For a 
fit tie more money, other ver- 
sions of Names and Labels 
give you more data fields and 
increased versatility. 



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Backup Pro 

Software Toolworks 
IBM PC and compatibles 
399,95 

Backup Pro offers security for 
unexpected hard dhve crashes 
and burns. Using a mouse, 
Lofus-style keystrokes, or DOS 
commands. Backup Pro can 
back up ten megabytes of 
informatton in four minutes. 
The full-directory display lets 
you point and shoot your back- 
up selections either individually 
or as a group. 



Business Card Maker 

Intracorp 

Amiga— S59.95 

Apple II— S14.95 

Atari ST— S59,95 

Commodore 64— $14.95 

IBM PC and compatibles— SI 4.95 

Macintosh— S59J5 

Business Card Maker offers a 
WYSIWYG interface, graphics 
and text editing, 1 2 typefaces, 
and three type sizes to help 
you create the business card of 
your choice. You can create a 
logo of your own or use one of 
the prestored logos. You can 
choose from hundreds of card 
designs and print in color with 
a color phnter. 



Data Manager 

Time works 

IBM PC and compatibles 

$39.95 

Dafa Manager acts as the 
background support for your 
business computing by filing, 
storing, sorting, retrieving, eval- 
uating, and updating infor- 
mation. You can use the 
program as a stand-alone, or 
you can interface it with other 
compatible programs to pro- 
duce reports, documents, and 
form letters. Other features in- 
clude a numerical calculator, 
built-in graphics, database ca- 
pability, and a name-and-ad- 
dress file. The program uses 
pull-down menus and pass- 
word protection. 

Magellen 

Lotus 

IBM PC and compatibles 

Requires 51 2K 

S1 95.00 

This search-and-sort hard disk 
utility can streamline your disk 
management. Magellen lo- 
cates any stored information 
on your hard disk with speci- 
fied concepts, phrases, or 
words and then lets you edit. 
The program also gathers por- 
tions of fi!es from different ap- 
plications into a single file. 
Magellen reads ASCII fiSes 
stored on a hard disk as welt 
as most of the major software 
applications including Lotus 1- 
2-3 and WordPerfect 

MemoryMale 

Broderbund 

IBM PC and compatibles 

$69.95 

Memory Mate neatly files away 
everything for you. Whether it's 
a phone number, name, idea, 
strategy, or reminder, this pro- 
gram will hold it for you until 
you want it again. To call up the 
desired information, you enter 
a word or string. Memory Mate 
then lists any files with text that 
matches your entry. The Re- 
minder option can schedule 
any file to appear on a speci- 
fied date. Memory Mate runs as 
a stand-alone program or can 
be interfaced with Deskfvlate- 



Norton Utilities 
Advanced Edition 

Peter Norton Computing 
IBM PC and compatibles 
SI 50.00 

Peter Norton Computing added 
the Disk Doctor to its Norton 
Utilities for management and 
organization of disk files. The 
Disk Doctor can help you diag- 
nose and correct a variety of 
floppy and hard drive ailments, 
even if you have no technical 
expertise. The package also in- 
cludes a directory sorter and 
the Norton Control Center to 
change the parameters of your 
computer. Other features let 
you format disks, create inter- 
active batch files, simplify utility 
loading, and test and protect 
disks. 

Partner 

Trmeworks 

IBM PC and compatibles 

$39.95 

Partner takes all the clutter that 
crowds your desk and puts it in 
your computer. You get an ap- 
pointment calendar and sched- 
uler, memo pad, phone book, 
autodialer, address book, 
alarm clock, financial calcula- 
tor, typewriter, and SwiftDOS. 
You can operate Partner simul- 
taneously from other programs 
without switching windows or 
files. The memo pad acts as a 
small word processor and can 
be used to write letters or cre- 
ate documents. The financial 
calculator can calculate inter- 
est, annuities, loan amortiza- 
tions, standard deviation, and 
correlation. With SwiftDOS, 
you can access DOS com- 
mands while still in another 
program. 

PC Logbook 

Kerner Software 

IBM PC and compatibles 

$69.95 

You can track the time you 
spend on projects, support bill- 
ing claims, and document your 
home office computer work for 
tax deductions with PC Log- 
book. This time-management 
program tracks the time spent 
on phone calls and other busi- 
ness tasks and runs while you 
work. The program begins 
when you assign a project 
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Inventory 

Publishing Iniernational 
IBM PC and compatibles 
$24,95 

You can keep track of your fur- 
niture, equipment, supplies, 
and merchandise with the 
Smalt Business Inventory. The 
program records serial num- 
bers, equipment value, warran- 
ty information, and more. You 
can search and sort the re- 
cords through a variety of 
fields and print single or multi- 
ple records. Records may also 
be written to disk as a file and 
added to letters or reports. The 
program is mouse-compatible. 

TWist and Shout 

Software Tcx>!works 
IBM PC and compatibles 
Lotus and Quattro add-in ver- 
sions— S59 -95 

Add-in version for VP Planner Plus, 
Framework, Syrrjphony, Lotus, and 
Quattro— S7S.S5 

Th(S program combines three 
computing utilities into one. 
Twist prints spreadsheets or 
text files horizontally across 
your computer paper. !t pro- 
vides type variables such as 
bold, underline, italics, and 
color. Shout uses a set of 52 
graphics and varying typefaces 
to print oversized alphanumer- 
ic characters and graphics for 
banners. Disk Spooler II lets 
you send a file to a printer or to 
disk while you work on your 
computer. You can set mar- 
gins, paper size, character and 
line spacing, and whether you 
want bidirectional printing. 
Other commands let you sus- 
pend, restart, and clear the 
print spool file on Disk Spool II. 

ViewLink 

Traveling Software 
IBM PC and compatibles 
Requires 384K; hard disk 
recommended 
$149.95 

This file organizer and program 
management system helps you 
organize your hard disk sys- 
tem. Once ViewLink is in- 
stalled, it creates a series of 
views — a collection of related 
items. You can build views 
based on filenames, applica- 
tions, dates, or file types; or 
you can combine your criteria 
for even more detailed views. 
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number of items with any indi- 
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PUBLISHERS' NAMES AND 



For more information about any product in the buyer's guide, contact the publisher at the address and 
phone number listed below. 



Abacus 

5370 52nd St. SE 

Grand Rapids, Ml 49508 

(616)698-0330 

Avery 

818 Oak Park Rd. 
Covina.CA 91724-3624 
(818)915-3851 

Barry A. Watzman 

1206CanteberryLn. 
Mansfield. OH 44906 
(419)756^5295 

BLOC Publishing 

800 SW 37th /We. 
Suite 765 



Intuit 

540 University A/e. 
Palo Alto, CA 94301 
(415)322-0573 

Jay Gold 

RO. Box 2024 

Pes Moines, lA 50310 

(515)279-9821 

Kerner Software 

3 Katonati Trail 
Andover. NJ 07821 
(201)539-8804 

Lotus 

55 Cambridge Pkwy. 
Cambridge. MA 02142 



Coral Gables, FL 33134 


(617)577-8500 


(800) 888-2562 






MECA Ventures 


Broderbuod 


355 Riverside Paa. 


17 Paul Dr. 


Westport,CT 05880 


San Rafael, CA 94903 


(203)226-2400 


(800) 527-6263 




(415)492-3500 


Monogram 




531 Van Ness /We. 


CheckFree Technologies 


Torrance, CA9050M420 


720 Greencrest Dr. 


(213)533-5120 


Columbus. OH 43081 




(614) 898-6000 


Parsons Technology 




375 Collins Rd. NE 


Data Easy 


Cedar Rapids, lA 52402 


18 Hector Ln. 


(319)395-7300 


Novato.CA 94949 




(415)883-2300 


Peter Norton Computing 




lOOWilshireBlvd, 


Delrina 


9th Floor 


lOBrentcliffeRd. 


Santa Monica, CA90401-n( 


Suite 210 


(213) 319-2000 


Toronto, Ont. 




Canada M4G 3Y2 


POP Computer Products 


(416)423-0456 


P.O. Box 1833 


(716)835-0405 


Evergreen, CO 80439 




(303) 674-0200 


ezx 




P.O. Box 58177 


Power Up 


Webster, TX 77598 


RO. Box 7600 


(713)280-9900 


San Mateo. CA 94403 




(800)851-2917 


Entracorp 




14160 SW 139th Ct. 


Publishing International 


Miami, FL 33186 


333 W. El Camino Real 


(800) 468-7226 


Suite 222 


(305) 252-9040 


Sunnyvale, CA 94087 




(408)738-4311 



Reality Technologies 

3624 Market St 
Philadelphia, B\ 19104 
(800) 346-2024 
(215) 387-6055 

Sierra 

PO. Box 495 
Coarsegold,CA 93614 
(209) 683-6858 

Sir-Tech Software 

P.O. Box 245 

Charlestown Ogdensburg Mall 
Ogdensburg. NY 13699 
(315)393-6633 

SoftView 

4820AdohrLn. 
Surte F 

Camarillo.CA 93010 
(800) 622-6829 

Software Toolworks 

13557 Ventura Blvd. 
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 
(818) 885-9000 

Timeworks 

444 Lake Cook Rd. 
Deerfield.lL 60015 
(312)948-9200 

Traveling Software 

18702 N.Creek Pkwy. 
BothellM 98011 
(206)483-8088 

Useful Software 
22704 Ventura Blvd. #145 
Woodland Hills, CA 91364 
(800) 521-7225, ext. 5 
(800) 321-7645, ext. 5 
(in California) 

Varteck 

3 Regent St. 
Livingston, NJ 07039 
(201)740-1750 

Zephyr Services 

1900 Murray Ave. 
Pittsburgh, RA 15217 
(800) 533-6666 
(412) 422-6600 



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COMPUTEl's November disk offers two handy home-office applications: a full-featured accounts manager and 
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CheckMate Version 1.70 

Need help managing your cash flow or balancing ihc company check- 
book? Checks fate can do this and more. Maintain multiple checking and 
savings accounts for your small business or personal finances. Reconciie 
your bank statements quickly and easily. Compile and print transaction 
registers and account reports, or print your own checks without 
computer-form checks. Pull-down menus, pop-up windows, and context- 
sensitive help screens guide you each step of the way. Supports mouse 
control and all video adapters. Requires 256K and DOS 2.0 or higher. 



Contact Manager 

Keep track of all your contacts in four easy lists. Enter data on each cli- 
ent, add your own codes for tracking and follow-up. and note each tmie 
a contact is made. Jot down comments in the free-form note field at- 
tached to each entry. Vou can store a client record in one list or all four, 
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print mailing labels. Supports all graphics displays. Requires 256K and 
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Shareware Agreements 

COMPlTKrs SitAREFAK is a collection of 
shareware and public domain programs. Public 
domain programs are free; you can use them and 
pa<.s ihem around as much as you like. On the 
oihcr hand, shareware isn'i free: you pay the 
shiirevvare author if you decide lo use the pro- 
gram. Here's how shareware works. 

If you like a program on the disk, you should 
register yourself direct Iv with the shareware pub- 
hsher (not with COMPUTE!). Each program in- 
cludes a license agreement that explains who to 
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Registering means you pay the software au- 
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entitles you to technical support and information 
about upgrades. \bu'll find shareware publishers 
arc easy to work with and eager to help. 



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behind hills, like a real commander would, 
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Feel the excitement and the pressure as you lead 16 men into battle vrith 
the Warsaw Pact. Jump into any tank and take 
over any position! Master detailed instrumen- 
tation and high-tech weapons. Zoom in on the 
16,000 acre battle map, and call for air and 
artillery support. All with the spectacular Super 
3-D Graphics that made us famous. 

MicroProse is the first, last and best name in 
combat simulations. We've advanced our 
reputation once again with Ml TANK PLATOON. 
After you've jumped into real tank combat 
with Ml TANK PLATOON, anything else will seem 
like child's play. 







Features: 

Control four awesome M1 
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Command 16 men! Jump into 
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Auttientic rolling terrain for 
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RESOURCES 



TAP THE WEALTH OF HOME OFFICE INFORMATION 



ONLINE SERVICES 

If you have a modem, you can 
find valuable information 
through many telecommuni- 
cations services and bulletin 
board systems. Start with these 
companies. 

Try logging on to Prodigy's 
Money Talk bulletin board and 
find the Your Own Business sec- 
tion. People share all kinds of 
tips and advice, as well as ser- 
vices and support. For infor- 
mation, contact Prodigy Sendees 
at (800) 822-6922, extension 205. 

The business section of Del- 
phi (3 Blackstone Street, Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts 02139) is 
well rounded. Commodity 
quotes, Donoghue Money Fund 
reports, and Security Objective 
Services (Stock Advisory) are 
only a small portion of what is 
offered. Call (800) 544-4005. 

The Working from Home 
Forum on CompuServe is a place 
for small-business people to 
gather electronically. Contact 
CompuServe at P.O. Box 20212, 
Columbus, Ohio 43220: (800) 
848-8199, or (614) 457-0802 
in Ohio. 

For a comprehensive news 
service, try NEWSNET (945 
Haverford Road, Bryn Mawr, 
Pennsylvania 19010). AP 
DataSiream Business News Wire, 
American Banker, and Bechtel 
SEC Filings Index are just a few 
of the specialized categories. Call 
(800)345-1301. 

Orbit Search Ser\ice (8000 
Wcstpark Drive. McLean, Vir- 
ginia 22102) offers access to large 
databases. Of particular interest 
to the homeworker are the U.S. 
Patent, U.S. Trademark, and 
accounting sections. Call (800) 
456^7248. 



PUBLICATIONS 

Good reference books are priceless. You can find many useful selections in cat- 
alogs and bookstores. Several suggestions are listed below. 

Business AppHcaiions with Microcomputers, by Jeanne M. FoUman; Pren- 
tice Hall Computer Books, Simon & Schuster, One Gulf + Western Plaza, New 
York, NY 10023: (212) 373-8140 

MacOffice, edited by Gregg Keizer; COMPUTE! Books, Chilton Book Com- 
pany, Chilton Way, Radnor, P\ 19089; (800) 345-1214 

Info World Consumer Product Guide, edited by Jeff Angus; Brady Books, 
distributed bv Prentice Hall Trade. Simon & Schuster, One Gulf + Western Pla- 
za, New York, NY 10023; (212) 373-8140 

Working from Home, bv Paul and Sarah Edwards; Jeremy P. Tarcher. dis- 
tributed bv St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010; (800) 221- 
7945 

The Start-up Entrepreneur, by James R. Cook: Harper and Row. Perennial 
Librarv', 10 E. 53rd St.. New York, NY 10022; (800) 242-7737 

How to Run a Business out of Your Home, by Steve Kahn; Longmeadow 
Press. 201 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, CT 06904; (203) 352-21 10 

The Self-Employment Test, by Steve Kahn; Longmeadow Press, 201 High 
Ridge Rd., Stamford CY 06904; (203) 352-21 10 

How to Write a Winning Business Plan, by Joseph Mancuso; Prentice Hall 
Press, Simon & Schuster. 15 Columbus Cin, New York, NY 10023: (212) 
373-8140 

Fortune Magazine; The Time Inc. Magazine Company. Time Sl Life build- 
ing, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY 10020-1393: (800) 541-1000 

Entrepreneur Magazine; 2392 Morse Ave,, Tr\qne, CA 92714; (714)261-2325 



Equipment 

If you're looking for mail-order 
equipment, get a copy of The Com- 
puter Shopper (Coastal Associates 
Publishing, 5211 South Washington 
Avenue, P.O. Box, Tiiusville, Florida 
32781). Most newsstands and book- 
stores sell it. You will find a com- 
prehensive list of equipment sources 
and services. For information, call 
(407) 269-321 L Check classified ads in 
your favorite computer magazine, too. 
Several companies specially de- 
sign computer furniture with your 
comfort and productivity in mind. 
Tr>' O'Suilivan Industries at 100 
Gulf Street, Lamar, Missouri 64759; 
(417) 682-3322. For Macintosh en- 
trepreneurs, ScanCo (P.O. Box 3217, 
Redmond, Washington 98073-3217; 
800-722-6263) offers desks that suit 
the special size of the Mac and its 
peripherals. 



Organizations 

Networking can be your most valu- 
able asset — not local area net- 
working, but people networking. 
Consider these and other small busi- 
ness groups for support and 
camaraderie: 

.American Home Business 
Association, 397 Post Road, Darien, 
Connecticut 06820; (800) 433-6361 

National Association for the 
Cottage Industrv, P.O. Box 14850, 
Chicago, Illinoi's 60614: (312) 
472-8116 

Check with the chamber of com- 
merce or small business administra- 
tion in your community for other 
helpful groups. □ 



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Net Worth Computation 

Inquiry Reports 

Check and/or Deposit Register 

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Aged Invoices Payable 

Reports Export to Lotus or Quattro 

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Bar Charts 
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Optional Password Protection 

Financial Calculator 

Prints Atnortization Schedules 
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Mail List Manager 

Prints Address Labels and Index Cards 
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Check Writer 

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astically while a patron 
tries to land his F- 1 4 jet 
on the rolling deck of an 
aircraft carrier. He's play- 
ing a computer game, one 
thai he's played on his 
home computer many 
limes. Tonight his mis- 
takes cause the jet to roll 
over the edge of the carrier and crash 
into the sea. The tavern crowd groans 
as the animated computer graphics of 
his plane crash are displayed on the 
bar's giani-screen TV— the same 
screen they'll watch later to see a tele- 
vised sporting event. 

A manager for a growing compa- 
ny is leaching two new employees to 
use the firm's computer accounting 
program — while she meets some 
friends for dinner. She can be in two 
places at once because she previously 
videotaped an entire accounting ses- 



sion as run by an experienced employ- 
ee. As she dines tonight, her new 
employees will view this custom- 
made training tape on their own home 
videotape players. 

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complished using Willow Peripherals' 
VGA-TV, a full-length, 8-bil VGA 
board that comes with 256K onboard 
mcmor>'. The name stands for VGA 
To Video; by using a simple software 
switch, you can change your comput- 
er's signal from VGA to NTSC (Na- 
tional Television Standards 
Committee — the North American 
video standard). The board is easy to 
install, requires but one slot, and 
comes with plenty of software, includ- 
ing a dazzling demo disk. The VGA- 
TV board^s $699 price tag, while not 
cheap, makes it possible for home us- 
ers and small businesses to enter the 
potentially lucrative world of desktop 
video without decimating their oper- 
ating capital. 



68 COMPUTE! 




The VGA-TV board not only 
converts Ihc VGA signal to an NTSC 
signal, it's also a full-nedged 8-bit VGA 
card. If youVe thinking of upgrad- 
ing to VGA, this board will do that 
and also will give you the option 
to convert to a video signal. 

Willow's card installs 
in a fulMength slot. To en- 
sure proper operation, you'll 
have to remove any other graph- 
ics cards from your PC (other- 
wise, your CPU will go crazy trying to 
determine what kind of display output 
you're shooting for— EGA? VGA?). 
Using the board's DIP switches, you 
can select the default graphics mode 
that best suits your needs; for ex- 
ample, you could set your computer 
10 boot to an NTSC display signal 
rather than to VGA, The software in- 
cluded with the board also lets you 
toggle back and forth between NTSC 
and VGA modes from the DOS 
prompt, a nice touch. 

The VGA-TV board sports an 
RCA plug that allows connection lo 
most VCRs, to some recently pro- 
duced televisions (older sets may re- 
quire an RF converter that connects to 
the TV's antenna terminals), and to 
those few VGA monitors set up lo ac- 
cept composite video signals. The 
card's analog jack serves as a connec- 
tion to most VGA computer monitors. 

With the ability to change your 
computer's output to NTSC, you have 
the option of feeding a video camera, 
recorder, or television monitor 
straight out of your microprocessor. 
Put your computer presentations on 
videotape, and even people who don't 
own computers can sec them. Send 
your computer's output directly to a 
projection TV and deliver dynamic 
presentations to your sales force — 
without asking everybody to crowd 
around the computer screen. 

With so many possibilities, you 
may wonder why more computer 
owners haven't yet taken advantage of 
the computer/video marriage. For PC 
users, the reason is that, until recently. 



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there were few ways to accomplish 
this conversion that weren't expen- 
sive, complicated, or both. 

VGA and NTSC color displays 
require fivt separate signals: red, 
green, and blue color signals and hori- 
zontal and vertical timing pulses. The 
NTSC signal combines all these sig- 
nals into one for ease of broadcast and 
is therefore called a composite signal; 
it requires the receiving unit to break 
the signal back down to separate, 
manageable signals. To be compati- 
ble, VGA's separate signals must be 
combined into a composite signal that 
video technology can use. 

It's important to note that the 
VGA-TV board doesn't allow you to 
superimpose computer images direct- 
ly onto video images (for use on a vid- 
eotape demonstration, for example) 
because it lacks genlock capability. To 
understand what genlock does, you 
have to know a little about how the 
playback of video signals works: 
Videotape is played back at the proper 
speed by making use of sync pulses- 
sync pulses that are not part of the 
standard VGA signal. In order to su- 
perimpose a signal onto a sync-pulsed 
signal, like NTSC, you must lock into 



the sync pulses. This is genlock. You 
could superimpose signals using the 
VGA-TV board by first translating the 
VGA signal into NTSC and then do- 
ing the superimposition with video 
equipment — but it's expensive. 

Overcoming ail the difficulties of 
VGA-to- video conversion may make 
the folks at Willow Peripherals seem 
more like alchemists than computer- 
enhancement designers, but people 
have been converting computer sig- 
nals to NTSC for some time now. In 
most cases it's expensive, and in some 
it's complicated, but there are ways to 
put computer signals on videotape. 

For around $ 1 5.000 you can pur- 
chase a Yamashita Scan Converter to 
turn your VGA signal into NTSC 
The results from the Yamashita are 
arguably some of the best available, 
but with its correspondingly high 
price, it's way out of reach for the 
home computer user. 

Targa add-in boards from 
Truevision in Indianapolis have re- 
cently become popular: they come in 
8-. 16-, 24-, and 32-bil versions. Targa 
boards accomplish the NTSC-to-VGA 
signal conversion and offer a genlock 
capability as well. But at $ 1,595 (for 

NOVEMBER 1989 69 



the 8-bil version), they're at least 
twice as expensive as the VGA-TV 
board. Besides, because the Targa 
board is a dedicated signal converter, 
you must already have a VGA board 
in your computer for it to work. 

Amiga owners have had the abili- 
ty to go to video since that computer 
was introduced in 1985. An external 
genlock device is available* and 
there^s a lot of software to take advan- 
tage of the video capabilities of the 
board — but this is a separate, and de- 
cidedly difTerent, computer system 
from PC compatibles. At a cost of less 
than $ 1,000 (an Amiga 500 with a 
monitor and special video cable), it*s 
certainly worth considering, but if 
you're comfortable with your PC and 
you want to stick with that format, the 
Amiga might not be your best choice. 

Because of the limitations im- 
posed by NTSC (as opposed to VGA), 
the resolution of your final video im- 
age will suffer a bit. But that's not a 
problem to keep you from exploring 
your video options. After all, you 
watch pleasing video images all the 
time on your home television. Be- 
sides, even though the NTSC signal 
can't match the high-end computer- 
graphics displays now available, it's 
the only game in town (HDTV is still 
7-10 years down the road). 

This means you should design 
your computer images with video sig- 
nal limitations in mind. Before you 
start on your presentation, it will pay 
to look closely at how text is displayed 
on television. In most cases, TV pro- 
ductions use highlighting and drop 
shadows to improve the readability of 
text characters. 

If text is on a colored back- 
ground, more pleasing, casier-to-read 
characters can be obtained by making 
the text bigger than you might nor- 
mally use (about 40 characters per line 
works well). Likewise, if you know 
your final product is to be video, with 
its inherent color limitations, you may 
want to opt for a simpler color scheme 
in your computer designs. 

If you rent videos to watch on 
your VCR, you may have had to ad- 
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get an acceptable image. Different in- 
puts may require adjustments to the 
monitor's hue, intensity, brightness, 
contrast, and tint controls. When 
using the VGA-TV card to send sig- 
nals into a video monitor for presen- 
tations, a few minutes spent tweaking 
these controls will help your image 
look its best. 

Naturally, VGA-TV must be 
judged for its monitor output as well as 
its NTSC capabilities. Simply put, 
VGA output is sharp and colorfuL but 
this isn't the fastest board on the mar- 
ket. It's an 8-bit card, so if the speed of 
the VG.A display is your primar>' con- 
cern, you should look into 1 6-bii 
graphics boards. Also, if you want to 
take advantage of extended VGA capa- 
bilities, such as 800 X 600 resolution 
in 256 colors (instead of just 16), you 
will need to add memory to the Wil- 
low board. For $100, you can boost the 
card to its maximum memors' load, 
5 1 2K. (Willow is thinking about build- 
ing a 16-bit VGA-TV card.) 

Still, the VGA-TV board com- 
pares well with other VGA boards on 
the market and is considerably cheap- 
er than most. The card's price, its 
range of display modes, and its video 
capability make it quite a bargain. 

To give you an idea of the card's 
versatile operation, let me illustrate 
with a story from a recent computer 
graphics conference held in New 
York. A friend attending the show 
brought some computer graphics on 
disk (fractal images) to my house, and 
I invited several people over to have a 
look. My PC was in its customary set- 
up — short CG.A card and mono mon- 
itor — and for a moment it looked as 
though the show was off 

Then I remembered I had the 
VGA-TV card. I installed it without 
any trouble, only to realize I lacked 
the proper cable for my larger TV. 
Not to be outdone, I ran the signal 
from the computer through my VCR 
and from there to the television. That 
did it. We gathered around and en- 



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joyed the show: outstanding computer 
graphics displayed clearly on a color 
television for a room full of people. 
1 tested the card in a variety of 
configurations. Recording the com- 
puter signal on VHS-format videotape 
was easy enough and delivered images 
of pleasantly high quality. I also re- 
corded computer graphics on a Beta- 
format VCR, as well as on an 8 mm 
camcorder; both tests gave very satis- 
factory results. 

I also used the board to deliver 
signals to different televisions and 
video monitors. On a Sharp color TV 
equipped with a video/TV switch, I 
was able to produce an acceptable pic- 
ture, with crisp graphics and colors. 
Unfortunately, text definition suffered 
somewhat. When I used my regula- 
tion color set (the *'under-$250" 
kind), image quality was severely af- 
fected. Graphic details were blurred, 
and reading text caused eyestrain. 

Bear this in mind if you plan to 
use VGA-TV for presentations. Al- 
though the board functions well, the 
quality of its NTSC output depends 
on the quality of your television or 
monitor. If it's an important presenta- 
tion, make sure you have a very good 
television. 

To fully enter the world of desk- 
top video, of course, you'll need to be 
able to go from VGA to NTSC as well 
as the other way around. This allows 
you to incorporate camera-captured 
video images into your computer pre- 
sentations. Although VGA-TV lacks 
this capability. Willow's first product. 
Publisher's VGA, allows just such 
transfers. .A board that combined both 
conversion capabilities would be 
welcome. 

As desktop video gains promi- 
nence, signal conversion will become 
an everyday process. Delivering com- 
puter-generated images and infor- 
mation to videotape users — even 
those that don't own computers — will 
soon be commonplace. 

NTSC is the American standard, 
but HAL and SE.ACAM signals domi- 
nate in Europe and the rest of the 
wodd. Willow is already working on 
versions of VGA-TV that will gener- 
ate these signals— and you may need 
these capabilities sooner than you 
think. After all, as the powerful video 
presentations and sales tapes you cre- 
ate with VGA-TV extend your profit 
margins upward, you may want to 
take your business worldwide. 



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A torrential downpour 
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of the runway below. Ex- 
cept for the altimeter and 
fuel gauge, all of the 
plane's instruments have 
shorted out. The plane is 
close to stalling, and run- 
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way. The pilot, jarred and sweaty, 
brings the plane to a stop and eases 
herself out of the cockpit of the flight 
simulator — a small box in which she 
has just spent an hour of sheer terror. 

Computer-based simulations 
have long been used to train pilots of 
planes and ships, operators of power 
plants, and other people who work in 
potentially dangerous environments. 
Of all the areas where computers have 
made their mark in the past 30 years, 
simulations rank among the most ex- 
citing. With the simple change of a 
disk, we have piloted jets, headed 
up major corporations, and traveled 
in space. 

The computers task in most sim- 
ulations can be broken into two parts. 
First, the program needs to present an 
interface to the simulated world that 
is real enough to allow the player to 
experience the emotional as well as 
the intellectual aspects of the simula- 
tion. For instance, a flight simulator 
usually has a realistic set of instru- 
ments and out-of-cockpil view. 

The second major part of a simu- 
lation program is the underlying mod- 
el or set of rules that describes how the 
simulation responds to the choices 
made by the player. In some simula- 
tions these choices are completely de- 
termined by the player's actions 
(turning a steering wheel turns the car, 
for example), while in other cases, the 
players actions only form part of the 
computer's response. Other condi- 
tions (such as weather) are adjusted by 
the computer to provide an element 
of chance and challenge to the player. 



Simulations can teach different 
aspects of the situation they are re- 
creating. The player can gain practice 
in a complex task when the simula- 
tion accurately models the real worid. 
By changing variables in the program, 
the player can examine the conse- 
quences of outside influences and ran- 
dom occurrences on the overall per- 
formance of a task. 

Consider the most popular simu- 
lation program of all: the spreadsheet. 
Computer-based spreadsheet pro- 
grams are used to model all kinds of 
business activities. Most businesses 
wouldn't dream of starting a new pro- 
ject without creating a computer mod- 
el of the financial factors involved. By 
changing assumptions regarding sales, 
product-development costs, or deliv- 
ery times, a company can get an idea 
of a product's potential for success 
before investing in its development. 




Of course, the resuh is only as 
good as the underiying assumptions 
used to create the model. Bad assump- 
tions may result in a glowing predic- 
tion that is never realized in the real 
world. 

When viewed in this light, the 
only difference between programs like 
Flight Simidaior and spreadsheets is 



subject area and the ability of the user 
to change the game's rules. 

While few would argue with the 
power of simulations in the recre- 
ational, educational, and business do- 
mains, there is another field into 
which simulated reality is growing by 
leaps and bounds: music. 

Until a few years ago, music syn- 
thesizers were sophisticated waveform 
generators that created musical 
sounds through the use of oscillators, 
filters, phase shifters, and other circuit 
elements that could be adjusted to cre- 
ate a wide variety of timbres. The cre- 
ation of a sound consisted of selecting 
a basic waveform and then specifying 
the attack, decay, sustain, and release 
parameters for the sound. By blending 
several such patterns together, one 
could create rich sounds that, in some 
cases, resembled the sounds of tradi- 
tional instruments. 

While there will always be a place 
for music synthesizers of this type, 
many of the newer synthesizers use 
sampled sounds. A sampling synthe- 
sizer is provided with a sound from a 
traditional source, such as water drop- 
ping onto a sheet of metal. This sound 
is converted into a set of numbers 
which, when processed through a digi- 
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struct the original sound. If the 
sampler digitizes the sound in suffi- 
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sounds amazingly like the original. 

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Beep. Out ofmemoryK That 
new word processor you 
bought is hungr\'. And 
RAM is what it needs. It 
doesn't want more disk 
space; it doesn't want 
more ROM. Disks are for 
long-term storage — great 
for hibernating data, but 
not so great for a red-hot 
software application. And 
ROM (Read Only Memory) remains 
unchanged at the heart of your com- 
puter: Your software can't get a bite 
out of it. It's RAM (Random Access 
Memor>') or nothing. If you want to 
put some more RAM on your com- 
puter's menu, this article can give you 
the right recipe. 

Computer Nutrition 
In microcomputers, RAM is lempo- 
rary storage, organized into locations 
and accessed by addresses. These loca- 
tions hold values representing pro- 
gram code, data, or other interesting 
information. The more memor\' you 
have, the more locations are available 
for stoiing information and the more 

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things your computer can do. 

Today's personal computer sys- 
tems can have and use about one 
megabyte {1MB, or 1024K) of RAM, 
with a potential to go up to 4, 8, or 16 
megabytes. The way that memory is 
organized and how your computer 
uses it depends on two factors: the 
computer's CPU, also called a micro- 
processor, and its BIOS, which is a 
collection of ROM routines. 

The microprocessor sets up limi- 
tations on how memory is used in 
your computer. Eight-bit micro- 
processors usually handle up to 64K 
of memory, while 32-bit microproces- 
sors can handle up to four gigabytes of 
memor\". 

A computer's BIOS, which really 
makes up the personality of the com- 
puter, is stored in ROM. The BIOS 
also plays a part in how your comput- 
er's memor\' is organized, by "reserv- 
ing" certain locations in R.A.M for 
itself and device drivers. Sometimes 
those reserv^ed BIOS locations compli- 
cate future memor\^ expansion. 

For example, the 8088 processor 
on the IBM PC limits RAM to one 
megab\te (about 1 million memory' 
locations). The system uses the upper 
384K of that for the BIOS, video 
memory, and expansion cards. That 
leaves 640K for running programs, 
storing data, and other tasks. Because 
of this, MS-DOS was originally writ- 
ten to address only 640K of memory. 
Even though the 80286 and 80386 
chips allow the system to use much 
more than one megabyte of memor>'. 
MS-DOS is still limited to 640K, 
Other operating systems, such as 
OS/2 and UNIX, can use the larger 
amounts of RAM with no problem, 
but DOS must juggle the higher mcm- 
or\ addresses into a window of RAM 
inthe256K-lMBarea. 

Exercising Your Healthy 
Computer 

Why does your computer cr>' out for 
more memory? So that it can do 
more. Most computers come with just 
enough memory. You can always use 
more because programs just keep get- 
ting bigger and bigger. 

Not every program uses all the 
memor>' in your system, though. Put 
that excess memory to good, practical 
use and it won't be excess anymore. 

Aside from running programs 
and managing normal system opera- 
tions, your computer can use excess 
memory for a number of things. 

The oldest and most traditional 
way to use extra memor>' is to create a 
ramdisk. Basically, you run a special 



piece of software (called a driver) that 
fools the operating system into believ- 
ing that a hunk of memory is a disk 
drive — a very fast disk drive. 

For example, on a PC with 640K, 
you could use 360K of that memory 
as a ramdisk. giving you the storage 
capabilities of another floppy drive. 
You'd still have plenty of mcmor>' left 
over to run programs, but youM also 
enjoy a speedy ramdisk. 

The only drawback to ramdisks is 
that their contents disappear when 
you reboot or turn off your com- 
puter — as do all the contents of RAM. 
So make sure you copy any important 
files stored on a ramdisk to a floppy or 
hard disk before you reboot the sys- 
tem or turn off the power. 

Caches are a bit harder to under- 
stand than ramdisks. They use a por- 
tion of memory, just like a ramdisk, 
but the purpose of a cache is to store 
frequently read information from disk 
and save it in memory for quick access. 

For example, if you're running a 
database program that is continually 
accessing the same data from disk, 
that data is saved in the cache. That 
way, if you need to r&ad the infor- 
mation again, it would be quickly 
fetched from the cache rather than 
from the disk, speeding up the 
process. 

More memor>' also lets your sys- 
tem tackle some of those really huge 
programs out there. Big spreadsheets, 
word processors that incorporate text 
and pictures, color graphics programs, 
and drafting applications just love 
that extra memor>^ 

When vou have more than 



enough memory, you can also run 
memor\'-resident programs, called 
TSRs on PCs. These handy little ap- 
plications wait for you to press a spe- 
cial key combination, like Ctrl-Shift- 
A. When you press this key combina- 
tion, the memory-resident program 
wakes up and jumps to the fore- 
ground, no matter what other pro- 
gram is running. When you've 
finished using it, the program goes 
back to sleep. 

Finally, some of today^s micro- 
computer operating systems support 
multitasking. You can run a word 
processor and a graphics application 
at the same time, provided you have 
enough R.AM. You find this capabili- 
ty in MultiFinder on the Mac and in 
the Amiga's operating system. 

These are by no means the limits 
to which you can use extra RAM in 
your computer. New applications and 
utilities are popping up every day to 
take advantage of your system's mem- 
or\^ The trend toward larger programs 
will not stop, so upgrading your mem- 
ory now will have definite benefits 
and payoffs in the future. 

Feeding Your Computer 

You can add memorv' to your com- 
puter in two ways: directly to your 
computer's motherboard or through a 
card you plug into an expansion slot 
(if your motherboard has one). The 
memor\ is just memory, either way. 
So, no matter how you add it, your 
system will still have that much more 
memory, up to 640K on PCs. 

There are two methods of adding 
memor>' to a computer's mother- 



What Size Chip, Please? 

Memory chips come m sizes of 256 kilobits or one megabit. There are other sizes avail- 
able, but these are the most common. Individual chips are assembled into banks, which 
make up either 256K or 1 MB (1 024K) of memory. Since there are eight bits in a byte, 
you need eight 256-kilobit or eight one-megabit chips to make either a 256K or a 1 MB 
bank of RAM, respectively. 

The exception is the IBM PC and compatibles. These machines need nine chips in 
a bank. The extra chip is used for a parity bit. The parity bit verifies that the PC's memo- 
ry is working properly. 

Aside from their sizes, chips also have speeds. The speed of a chip is measured in 
nanoseconds (ns). A nanosecond is one billionth of a second. Common speeds are 
150 ns, 120 ns. 100 ns, and 80 ns. The smaller the number, the faster the memory. For 
fast microprocessors, such as 20MHz 8Q386s and last 6S030s, you need a minimum 
speed of 100 ns, but ideally you'd use chips running at 80 ns or faster. 

Slower chips are sttll usable, but they cause wait states. The microprocessor is 
continually reading data from and writing data to the computer's memory. If a micro- 
processor is faster than the memory, it has to wart for the memory to catch up with it. 
This wasted time is known as a watt state. For the run-of-the-mifl XT, 1 50-ns memory is 
fast enough to avoid wait states. On a faster AT, 1 20-ns chips will do fine. 

Put this information to work when you buy memory for your computer You should 
specify the size of the chips (256K or 1 MB), the number (eight or nine), and the speed 
On nanoseconds). If you're unsure, consult your dealer or your system's technical refer- 
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board: You can plug the memory 
chips (iireclly into socketed holes on 
the motherboard, or you can plug in a 
tiny card of chips called a SIMM. 
SIMM is an acronym for Single In- 
line Memory Module. SIMMs can be 
more convenient and easier to install 
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Upgrading memory on an expan- 
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your slots are full, consider removing 
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and plug in the chips yourself or ask 
your dealer to do it for you. 

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chip sockets or SIMM slots on the 
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the board's technical manual. Nothing 
is more distressing than buying one 
bank of chips only to come home and 
fmd that you're one or three banks 
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On some systems, especially IBM 
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the system's ROM that informs it of 
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Second Helpings 

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The DIR command, which 
shows a disk director}', is 
probably the most used 
DOS command of all, yet 
it holds much untapped 
potential. 
Ifyouhavealoiof 
files on your disk when 
you execute a DIR com- 
mand, the listing scrolls 
faster than you can read 
it. Luckily, the DIR command comes 
with a pause switch. DIR /P displays 
the directory listing one screenful at a 
lime. If you want nothing more than 
filenames, use the Wide Display 
switch. DIR /W displays filenames 
five -across on the screen. 

Say you're looking for a letter you 
wrote recently and you can't recall the 
filename, but you do know that it has 
an LTR extension. The command 
DIR *.LTR shows you all your letter 
files. 

Perhaps you're missing another 
file. You can't remember the name, 
but you know it started with the letter 
F. Use the command DIR F*.* and 
you'll see the possibilities. 

Building a directory of a disk in 
another drive is nearly as easy. DIR B: 
shows you what's on the B: drive. 
DIR B:*.TXT shows you all your text 
files on drive B:. 

If your system has a hard disk, it*s 
likely to be full of both files and sub- 
directory names. Use the command 
DIR *. if you want to exclude your 
files from the listing and see only 
subdirectories. 

You can use DOS to sort a dircc- 
tor\' listing. First, put the DOS SORT 
program in the current drive or direc- 
tor\^ Then enter the following com- 
mand at the DOS prompt: 

DIR I SORT 

If you want a printed listing of the 
sorted directory, enter 

DIRIS0RT>LPT1; 

If you want a disk file which contains 
the sorted listing, enter 



DIR I SOKl > filename.ext 

whQTcfilename,ext is the name of the 
file in which you want to store the 
sorted listing. 

Unlike utility programs which 
sort the directory on the disk, DOS 
doesn't actually make any changes to 
the disk — it merely sorts the directory 
lisiing. 

Using some special DOS sym- 
bols, the filter symbol ( 1 ) and the redi- 
rection symbol (>), you can expand 
your sorting abilities. These symbols 
allow you to control the way output is 
routed through your system. Rerout- 
ing information that flows from one 
device to another is called piping. 

In the last two examples, the 
output of the DIR command is fil- 
tered through the SORT command 
and then is piped to the printer or a 
disk file. 

The root directory is the main 
director}^ of a disk. Every disk, when 
freshly formatted, has only the root 
directory. To make additional direc- 
tories, you use the DOS command 
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MD LETTERS 

This creates a new directory named 
LETTERS. Directories created in this 
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subdirectory may contain files, just as 
a root director>^ can, and is sort of like 
a disk within a disk. 

Use the DIR command to dis- 
play a list of files in any other directo- 
r>', including a subdirector>^. To log on 
to a subdirectory, use the DOS com- 
mand CHDIR or CD. For example: 

CD LETTERS 

Now when you type DIR, the directo- 
ry that appears is for the subdirectory 
LETTERS. When you want to know 
which director)' you're logged on to, 
enter 

CD 

by itself at the DOS prompt. DOS re- 
sponds with the current drive letter 
and the name of any subdirectory 
you're logged on to. If you're in the 
root director>^ it responds with the 
drive letter and a backslash. 

If you're logged on to a subdirec- 
tory and want to move back to the 
root director>', enter the CD com- 
mand with a backslash: 

CD \ 

It's easy to change the DOS 
prompt to keep yourself informed 
about which directory you're logged 
on to. At the DOS prompt, enter 

PROMPT SPSG 

and DOS always displays the current 
drive and directory as part of the 
prompt The $P in the command 
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rent drive and direclor>^ and $G in- 
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greater-than sign (>). 
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This game packs the entire city of 
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the rcdline, winding out fourth gear, 
pushing to make the Bay Bridge in un- 
der three minutes. 

All the detail thai went into de- 
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have overwhelmed the sheer excite- 
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moves through intersections; you're 
free to turn down cross streets, make 
U-turns, and map out your own route 
to the finish line. 

This level of realism is possible 
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Anyone familiar with the latest gener- 
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modeling, your Corvette would run 
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There's a price for this sophistica- 
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enjoy the IBM version of I etielon 
anything less than an 8-MHz machine 
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EGA version (ihaf s no surprise). In 
CGA it's difficult to see oncoming 
traffic and to distinguish vehicles 
from buildings, buildings from roads, 
or even roads from other cars. In a 
nice touch, however, you can reverse 
the CGA colors, so you can play the 
game on some laptops. 

The game opens in the garage, 
where four 1989-model Con^ettes idle, 
wailing to hit the streets. Your choices 
are a stock Conetle, the ZRl (a six- 
speed flash that tops out at 1 80 mph), 
and two custom Vettes built by 
Reeves Callaway. One of Callaway's 
cars is the Twin Turbo (six speeds and 
a motor that runs the quarter mile in 
under 13 seconds), and the other is the 
Sledgehammer (0 to 60 in 4.2 sec- 
onds). This last number is the deviFs 
car for sure: It has nearly 900 horses 
under the hood and runs like a scald- 
ed dog. 

Although you can drive with a 
joystick, the game doesn't support 
one during the introductors' screens. 
Keyboard commands are available 
throughout the game, as is mouse sup- 
port. Select your car and test it on the 
dynamometer, which displays the 
caf s attributes. 

.Any of these cars will get you 
where you're going fast, but the real 
fun in Vette! is picking your route. 
Unlike other driving simulations, 
you Ye not limited to a racetrack oval 
or a cross-countr>' ribbon of road. In 
this game, the city is your track. The 
manual describes the four races, but 
you have lo pick the route that will 
make you a winner. This is no RAC 




Chase your rival across the Golden Gate 
Bridge and into the city, 

rally: Traffic laws are for the meek, 
and in this case the meek inherit the 
wind — sucking the exhaust of the 
front runner. 

Use the game's three skill levels 
to gain proficency with your car and 
lo learn your way around town. On 
the Trainee level if s nearly impossi- 
ble to damage your car severely 
enough to summon the tow truck. The 
Rookie level offers more challenges, 
and the Pro level is for experienced 
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ing a city bus at 100 mph. 

Out on the road is where Vetie! 
really shines. Your car's cockpit dis- 
play (it doesn't seem right to call it a 
dashboard) tells you evervthing you 
need to know about your vehicle and 
your surroundings. Besides the usual 
speedometer and tachometer (both 
digital), you have indicator lights for 
cruise control, automatic transmis- 
sion, even turn signals that blink 
when you change lanes or take a side 
street. 

Beyond these instruments. Spec- 
trum has enhanced your Corvette 
with a lap-time clock, a display panel 
that names the street youVe driving • 
on and the upcoming cross street, and 
a four-panel display screen that shows 
the posted speed limit, traffic signals, 
and road signs for upcoming streets 
and intersections. 

Keep an eagle eye on all your in- 
struments if you want to make it to 
the finish line in one piece. If you gel 
confused, you can pause the game and 
consult the street map. On if you like, 
you can press the H key to display an 
on-board map that pinpoints the loca- 
tion of your car. (That little extra is 
ahead of its time — the major car mak- 
ers are working on such on-board 
maps for passenger cars but have yet 
lo solve the problem of storing the 
vast amounts of data needed to keep 
the map up to date.) 

Other nice touches include docu- 
mentation designed to look like a Cor- 
vcitc owner's manual, a topographical 
map (with hidden messages), a card 
diagram of the keyboard commands, 
and a quick-start card. 

You may choose your computer 
opponent from four barely street-legal 
roadsters: a Porsche 928, a Lamborgh- 
ini Countach, and two Ferraris — the 
Tcstarossa and the F40. .Also, like a 
few other games that have come out 
recently, Vette! lakes group entertain- 
ment seriously by allowing you to play 
against a human opponent by modem 
or through a null-modem cable. 

You'll have some obstacles to 
contend vviih, including traffic, jay- 
walkers, and the ever-vigilant police. I 
enjoyed the light touch Spectrum used 
with the police car: If an officer pulls 
you over for a violation, the game of- 
fers you several excuses so you can try 
lo talk your way out of trouble. Some 
work, some don't. I'm just glad the 
cop in this game isn't Harr\' Calla- 
han — he*d empty his Magnum into 
me for some of the stunts I've pulled 
in this game. 

Spectrum's altenlion to detail 
pays off handsomely. If you want to 



change your perspective on the game, 
the F4 key whisks you to a helicopter 
view high above the action. This is a 
great position if you're bent on mak- 
ing the best time, but it replaces the 
game's realism with a simple arcade 
scroll. If you want to add more real- 
ism, you can toggle off the front dash 
display so that all you see is the road 
ahead and the world growing smaller 
in your rearview mirror. This is the 
closest thing to looking out an actual 
windshield that I've ever seen in a 
driving simulation. 




A helicopter view gives driving a new 
perspective. 

As with any simulation, Vette! 
has its quirks. Things get especially 
weird at high speeds; for instance, 
once, I drove right through the side of 
a bus without a scratch. 1 know I was 
speeding — but a complete mass-to- 
cncrgy conversion? I witnessed a few 
airborne vehicles and watched one 
tanker truck drive across the surface 
of the bay. These little bits of strange- 
ness didn't harm the overall game 
experience; in fact. I found them 
amusing. 

I was disappointed in the game's 
sound. I wish Spectrum had elected lo 
support a couple of the sound cards 
that are gaining popularity. I also wish 
that one of the Corvettes of choice 
had been a vintage Stingray from the 
sixties complete with analog speed- 
ometer and tachometer. 

Still, even with these limitations, 
Veite! surpasses other driving simula- 
tions in its scope and realism. Al- 
though other games have made strides 
in depicting the driving experience as 
shifting scenes, instead of routine 
scrolls, none of them match the wide- 
open feeling thai Vette! so successfully 
emulates. 



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GAMEPLAY 



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Several vears ago. when 
COA/PLT£/andIwere 
young, I wrote an article 
in which 1 called for con- 
structive computer 
games— games that 
would let players build 
something and then 
would bring it to life. 
My example was a pro- 
gram to create a network 
of railroads. You lay down the track, 
and then the computer makes the 
trains go. Simple enough — but no one 
ever did it. 

Instead, il seemed as though all 
the new computer games were dedi- 
cated to putting the player under the 
control of the computer instead of the 
other way around. The arcades are full 
of ihem now: games that train you to 
respond reflexively, allowing you no 
choices, giving you no chance to 
create. 

The drought is over. Indeed, with 
two remarkable new games. SimCity 
and Populous, it feels as if we're in a 
deluge of brilliant world-creation 
games. In our house right now, the 
chief complaint is that we have only 
the Amiga versions of both games, so 
we can only have one of ihem running 
at a time! 

SimCily does all that I had ever 
hoped for^ — and more. Starting with 
an interesting landscape (forests, riv- 
ers, open countr\') you begin to build 
up your city from nothing. You build 
a power plant and then add zones for 
industry', commerce, and housing. 

The traffic moves on the roads. 
The stadium you build fills up with 
crowds from time to time. Trains, 
ships, and airplanes all move through 
your landscape. And, ifyouYe careful, 
the citizens will even like you\ ever\' 
year you get the results of an opinion 
poll letting you know just what they 
think of you. 

As a simulation of reality, Sim- 
City is superb; even if you know noth- 
ing about city planning, you will by 
the time you're through. (You may 
even have a bit more sympathy for 
the folks down at City Hall— or, per- 



haps, a bit more anger at some of the 
obvious mistakes they make!) 

As a game, SimCity is ver\' good, 
loo. Not ever>1hing goes smoothly for 
you: There are shipwrecks and plane 
crashes, power brownouts, earth- 
quakes, tornados, and even an occa- 
sional 90-foot monster that stomps 
through your town. 

My 1 1 -year-old loves the game of 
disasters. He's the one who enjoys 
playing out scenarios based on real 
cities — Tokyo. San Francisco. Rio de 
Janeiro— as bad things happen to 
crowded towns. But he also loves the 
process of building. Just like playing 
with blocks as a little kid. You build ii 
up, and then you knock it down, as 
spectacularly as possible. 

My gripes are few. The instruc- 
tions promised that a town can achieve 
"megalopolis" status, but even when I 
brought my population above 300.000, 
it didn't happen. More frustrating was 
the fact that unlike real sites, the city 
maps have edges — but that's a limita- 
tion of computer mcmor\'. 

I'm looking forward to Maxis's 
proposed SimCity sequel — Sim- 
Couniy, I hope eventually they can 
find a way to combine the games, so 
that we can keep several cities going at 



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once, interacting with each other. 

Populous is another build-up/ 
break-down game, only instead of 
dealing with a city, you have a consid- 
erably larger landscape. To put it 
bluntly, in this European import (dis- 
tributed in the U.S. by Electronic 
Arts), you are a god. You have a group 
of people who are loyal to you — and 
therefore good — and a group of hostile 
people who are tr^'ing to destroy you. 

As a semi-omnipotent being, 
wherever you have worshippers, you 
have certain powers. You can raise 
and lower land to create level areas 
where your people can farm. As they 
get more arable land, they prosper — 
huts turn to houses, houses to man- 
sions, mansions to castles. 

Eventually, though, you have to 
interfere with the enemy to keep Ihem 
from overpowering you. Sometimes 
you'll simply use a moat to keep them 
away from your people; other times, 
though, youMl create swamps, volca- 
nos, earthquakes, and floods. 

Make no mistake: Populous is a 
game of all-out war. But it is enacted 
through strategy, not violence, and it's 
usually won by the player who is least 
aggressive and most nurturing. 

SimCity s controls are all obvious 
and intuitive. Populous, on the other 
hand, has a confusing array of possi- 
ble controls, and it takes some learn- 
ing — and frustration — before you 
remember what all the strange words 
and icons mean. Don't let it throw 
you. After a short time, you'll be play- 
ing a god as if you had majored in that 
subject in college. 

Both of these games arc visual de- 
lights. SimCity makes the most of its 
flat overhead map^it ncvQi feels two- 
dimensional. And Populous is very 
ckxcr in the way it simulates a three- 
dimensional world, and the various 
landscapes, ranging from desen to gla- 
cier, are astonishingly beautiful. 

Best of all, you create your own 
worlds — and determine how hard or 
easy, how aggressive or peaceful a 
game you want to play In short, you 
control the world of the game, instead 
of the other way around, a 



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Confront Disasters- 
floods, earthquakes, tornados, 
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Enter SimCity, the City Simulator, and talce charge of an evolving, growrng city. Becor 
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citizens. Sims live, work, play, drive— and complain about taxes, traffic, taxes, crime a 
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crime, traffic and pollution. 



Satisfied SimCity players 
say it best... 

Great game! I'm hooked • 

IVe got SimCity syndrome! • 
I find SimCity to be tiie most 
addicting, educational, and 
ttie best game I have ever 
played! • Amazing! • 1 may 
quit my job so I can play 
more., well, nah • You guys 
are Maximum Pinheads • 
SimCity is not just a game, 
it's a way of life • Simply the 
best computer game I've 
ever played! • SimCity 
should be outlawed!! It's ^ 
addictive • Fantastic! I've 
been playing almost non- 
stop for 4 days! • Excellent 
game! But IVe been losing a 
lot of sleep since I bought it 

• Wow!! • It's a blast! • 
TERRIFIC! FANTASTIC! • 
Awesome!! * Super!!! • The 
airplane pilots are psychotic 

• Amazing — all mayors need 
to understand this too; mine 
doesn't • It's like an 
electronic ant farm • 
Outstanding! • What a 
fantastic program! • My 4 A | 
year old loves it too! • \| 
Excellent program! Learning \ 
can be fun and addicting 
Best game ever for the 
Amiga • My wife and I really 
love this software • I stay up until 2 am. 
playing it everyday! • Thank you for a 
piece of intelligent, educational and 
thought-provoking software • Absolutely 
wonderful idea and program • Excellent 
product, 1 wish I'd thought of it!! • I've 
never seen a program like this • Make 
more Sim games, nothing even comes 
close • On a scale of I-IO this one's a 20!!! • 
This is a totally different, stimulating, 
engrossing and visually enjoyable 
program. • Spiffy! • Great, Great and 
Great! • 

(These comments are from the correspondence 
from real SimCity users. Honest!) 




DESIGN AND BUILD T 
CITY OF YOUR DREAMS 

Collect taxes. Bu 
homes, stores and fac 
ries— even nuclear pov 
plants. Design mass trc 
sit Hire police. Build 
football stadium. Create 
urban Utopia. 

OR TURN CITY LIFE m 
A NIGHTMARE. 

Raise taxes. Bulldo 
entire neighborhood 
Manipulate property v, 
ues. Cause tornados, earl 
qual^es. floods, fires ai 
other disasters at yo 



• Simple to play— all icons and 
graphics, no text commands. 

• Loaded with animation and 
detailed sound effects. 

• An endless number of possible 
cities— all different. 

• Exceptional depth of play. 



SIMCITY TAKES ON 
LIFE OF ITS OWN. 

Build roads— cars a 
pear. Lay track— trains g 
Build an airport— plan 
fly. Helicopters report \ 
traffic. Factories cau 
pollution. Neighborhooi 
go condo. Areas deteri 
rate into slums. Lead 
thriving metropolis or 
left broke, mayor of a ghc 
town. 

SIMCITY GIVES YOU Tl 
KEY TO THE CITY. Tl 
REST IS UP TO YOU. 



SimCity. 

1989 

GAME OF 
THE YEAR 



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The Real Feel 

Think of a simulation as a possibility 
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you change parts of that situation. Fi- 
nally, it shows you the result of your 
changes. Simple as that. 

*T think simulation is a very 
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are called simulation for lack of a bet- 
ter or more specific term," says Jim 
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den Agenda. 

"Simulation is like a species of 
theater," he says. *'U puts you in a 
role. You're the protagonist, and the 
other characters are supporting roles. 
Then it's like an actor's improvisation 
workshop.'* 

In a night simulator, the simula- 
tion sets the scene in an airplane, cre- 
ating your tools (your flight instru- 
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factors that affect the plane. Those 
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capricious whims of weather — that 
add to the scene. The simulation de- 
signer quantifies the factors by writing 
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scene is more difficult because the ex- 
ternal factors are often human influ- 
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discontent affects a presidential 
campaign. 

Using this process of collecting 
variables and creating equations, sim- 
ulation designers develop models of 
ihe situations they're trying to sei up. 

''A model is a way of representing 
aspects of the real world inside the 
computer," says Sid Meier, vice presi- 
dent of MicroProse Software and de- 



iraiesl and F-I9. 
The model is a key part of com- 
puter games, and ifs one that has the 
potential to grow in sophistication in 
the coming years," Meier says. 'That's 
part of the neatness of the future of 
computer games. It's the potential we 
have for making more and more so- 
phisticated and realistic models of the 
world." 

As computers get more powerful 
and memory becomes more plentiful, 
simulations grow more complex. And 
the more complex a simulation can 
be, the more like real life it can feel. 

Adventures in Reality 

Some simulations may sound more 
like adventure games than models of 

reality. 

Micro Prose's Pirates!, for ex- 
ample, drops you into the middle of 
the buccaneer age. You captain a sail- 
ing ship, collecting treasure and fight- 
ing other pirates. The game has many 
elements of adventure games, but it's 
still a model of reality. Fencing and 
sailing are based on the way a real 
fencing match is organized and the 
way a real ship responds to winds and 
storms. 

*'Even in products that are 
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some role-playing to let you start in- 
habiting the computer," says Meier. 

''With people like Sid out there, 
we're beginning to consider that we 
can do more with simulation than just 
simulating a vehicle," says Oilman 

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Louie, CEO of Spectrum HoloByte. 
"The reason why Pirates! is such a 
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Ezra Sidran, president of Interga- 
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are different from other games. "Ar- 
cade games are more ballistics than 
anything else. Text games and adven- 



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So Spectrum Holo Byte's Falcon 
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flyers, but it's certainly no substitute 
for real flight. You can't hop from 
computer cockpit to Navy fighter 
once you've mastered a flight simula- 
tor. There's simply no way to model 
all the factors involved in flying — 
not yet. 

"There arc some skills you just 
can't train for in simulators." says 
Louie, who designed and pro- 
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con. His simulators train people in the 
generics of flying, making real-world 
training more efficient. He explains 
that a flight simulator can be a practi- 
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^^ Falcon started offas a computer 
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see on my Macintosh. When the prod- 
uct came out the .Air Force saw it and 
gave us a call. The Navy called us. 
The Pentagon called us. The next 
thing we knew, people wanted us to 
build simulators to train real pilots." 

Meier also discourages people 
from tr>ang to fly a plane with only 
simulator experience under their 
belts. "We tr\' lo keep our products in- 
teresting, bui our primarv' purpose is 
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parts, not exactly what the real world 
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"It's kind of a two-edged sword 
because there's got lo be some real- 
ism," Meier says. "The simulation 
can't be loo contrived, but it's not re- 
alistic to the extent thai you could hop 
into the Stealth fighter. I don't think 
you can have both. The real world 
runs at a little less exciting pace than a 
game." 

Other kinds of simulations, such 
as P res idem Elect and Hidden Agen- 
da, don't actually train you in a skill. 
They teach you about human nature. 

"A lot of lessons are implicit," 
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'i looked at the things that win 
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tr>' to quaniif>' them." 

In Hidden Agenda, you learn 
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^'The trick is, if the person who 
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Many designers agreed that they 
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During the six years Tve 
been playing with music 
programs on ihc IBM PC 
and compatibles. Fvc 
seen a large gap develop 
between so-called "home 
and educational" prod- 
ucts and those earmarked 
for "professionals," Most 
of the programs Fve tried 
in the former catcgor>' use 
only the PC's poor-quality speaker. 
don't support harmonies or multi- 
voiced sound, and tend to be dis- 
counted in price — and it sliows. And 
w h i Ic m a n y h igh-powe red MIDI re- 
cording, scoring, and sound-editing 
software packages have emerged, the 
prices are generally prohibitive and 



the features are best under- 
stood only by experienced 
arrangers. 

The Music Studio 3.0 
falls right in the middle. It's 
reasonably priced at under 
$ 100, is easy to use, and can 
charm a pro musician's ears 
by playing 15-voicc arrange- 
ments through MIDI instru- 
ments. Best of all, it has a lot 
to teach about making music 
with computers. 

The program's versatility 
required that I experiment 
with three separate system 
configurations to cover all the 
possibilities: I tested it on a 
stock PC-monochrome sys- 
tem to simulate the use of 
only the liny built-in speaker 
for one-voice music; I tried 
the program with a Tandy 
lOOOSL with its i6-color 
graphics and three- voice digi- 
tal sound and sampling fea- 
tures: and I pushed the 
package to its MIDI limit on a 
CGA-equipped XT-class com- 
puter with a Roland MPU-4Q1- 
compatiblc MIDI interface and sever- 
al MIDI instruments. 

Earlier versions of The Music 
Studio featured a user interface creat- 
ed by Audio Light of Los Gatos, Cali- 
fornia (makers of the colorful Koala 
Painler program). But The Music 
Studio 3.0 for PC compatibles uses 
Tandy's Desk Mate as its primary user 
interface, with overall design and de- 
velopment credits still going to Audio 
Light. In some ways. I like Audio 
Light's interface better than the new 
DcskMaie arrangement, but with so 
many Tandy and PC-compatible users 
a 1 read)' familiar with DeskMate, it's 
clear why Activision made ihe switch. 
The package comes with a runtime 



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version of DeskMate for users who 
don't own a copy; also, instructions 
are provided for loading and running 
The Music Studio on your current sys- 
tem, if you're a DeskMate user. 

The first thing to strike me about 
The Music Siudio 3.0 was how user- 
friendly ii is. When the program 
starts, you're brought facc-to-face with 
a musical staff, a pointer that you can 
control with a mouse or joystick, and 
a screen made up of pull-down menus 
and icons that you use for selecting 
various options. Moving the pointer 
up and down the staff produces tones 
corresponding to the notes indicated 
on the staff. For music students, this 
creates an immediate relationship be- 
tween musical notation and the sound 
a note makes. Of course, if you want 
to put notes on the staff without hear- 
ing them, you can turn off that feature. 

The title of the current song is 
displayed across the top of the screen 
with the date and time. Just below, 
the DeskMate-style menu bar offers 
pull-down menus labeled File, Edit, 
Options, Notations, Notes Sc Rests, 
and Goodies. The work area takes up 
the middle of the screen and consists 
of a musical staff for entering stand- 
ard musical notation and vertical and 




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horizontal scroll bars for scrolling 
through the current musical composi- 
tion. At the bottom of the screen, a se- 
ries of icons represent controls for 
song playback, including volume, 
tempo, time signature, key signature, 
note value, song number, pitch name, 
instrument name, and the play but- 
ton. You can access each of The Mu- 
sic Studio's features represented on 
the main screen with your mouse or 
joystick button, adding to the pro- 
gram's intuitive feel; just point at 
what you want and click. 

The Music Studio 3,0 gives you a 
choice of two methods of composing: 
You can place notes directly on a staff 
(grand, treble, bass, alto, or tenor) 
using the point-and-click method: or. 
if you've connected a MIDI instru- 
ment to your system, you can record a 
musical performance that the pro- 
gram will automatically convert into 
notes on the staff. Also, the instru- 
ment sound you select when entering 
notes is the one that plays back. But 
although other Music Studio versions 
let you paint music on the screen 
using a stylus, that feature isn't in- 
cluded in this PC incarnation. {The 
Music Studio 2.0, designed for the Ap- 
ple IlGS, does have this capability.) 

If you use a 1 6-color Tandy or 
EGA monitor, the program assigns a 
color to the instrument you select. For 
example, violin notes might be green, 
flute notes might be light blue, and pi- 
ano parts might be pink. This color 
scheme eases the editing process for 
music students because they can tell 
exactly which instruments thevYe af- 
fecting when they change the arrange- 
ment. In the case of CGA and mono- 
chrome systems, the notes for each 
instrument are the same color, but 
each note has a different graphics pat- 



tern. It's more difficult, but not im- 
possible, to identify different musical 
parts using this approach. If you're se- 
rious about learning music composi- 
tion on the PC and you go with this 
package. I recommend an EG.A- 
equipped (or a Tandy 1 6-color) 
computer 

For ultimate control over the 
composing process, place your notes 
directly on the staff. The pull-down 
menus make it easy to select the exact 
musical notation required to produce 
the sound you want to hear. Using the 
Notation menu, you can add nota- 
tions such as crescendos, diminuen- 
dos, repeats, measure bars, beams, 
lies, and slurs to a song. The Notes & 
Rests menu lets you change the type 
of notes and rests you add to a song by 
adding dots, accents, staccato marks, 
accidentals, triplet markings, and 
rests. The Music Studio 3.0 gave me 
an enjoyable, educational experience 
as I entered, bar by bar, pieces by my 
fa\'orite classical composer. J, S. Bach. 
After I had entered each bar ofBour- 
ree, I played what I had and listened 
for mistakes. Being the klutz that I 
am, I made some bad ones. In the 
course of straightening out the prob- 
lems, however, I learned a lot about 
musical notation that 1 never learned 
during guitar lessons. 

Using a MIDI instrument to en- 
ter notes is fun but difficult unless 
you're a good player, 1 used a Kurz- 
w^eil 1000 synthesizer with a velocity- 
sensitive keyboard to test the MIDI 
Record feature. .After you select MIDI 
Record from the Options menu, 
you're offered the option of a metro- 
nome (highly recommended) to keep 
time while you play and record. Press- 
ing the Start Record button starts the 

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metronome clicking through the inter- 
nal speaker of the PC at the tempo 
you've selected. As you play along 
with the beat, your performance is re- 
corded until you press a key to stop. 
Unless you play precisely on tempo, 
however, your musical score is likely 
to be pretty jumbled-looking. You 
may get a lot of 1/ 1 6 notes when you 
only played 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 notes. If 
your playing was a little off-tempo, 
you can clean up your score with the 
program's Quantize option, which 
rounds off notes to the nearest 1/64 to 
1/2 note. Unfortunately for me, this 
really messed up some of the songs I 
played (Fm not a ver\- good piano 
player): however. I found that if I 
played a song pretty close to the cor- 
rect tempo, the quantized score would 
play back OK and look fine. After 
using The Music Siudio 3.0*s MIDI 
Record feature. I had gained a lot of 
practice and a new appreciation for 
good players. 

Entering notes is but one step m 
the composing process. The program's 
powerful editing tools are there to take 
you 10 the next level, where you modi- 
fy your score to your liking. The pro- 
gram's editing arsenal allows cutting, 
copying, merging, pasting, transpos- 
ing, or filtering blocks within a song. 
(A block is a section of music that you 
define by highlighting. By defining 
and altering a wliole block at once, for 
example, you can avoid having to 
transpose an entire song note by 
note — and thai saves work and lime.) 

No piece of music can be com- 
plete until it's heard, and The Music 
Studio 3,0 includes plenty of options 




for this experience as well, all depen- 
dent on the type of computer setup 
you have. If you're using a PC without 
MIDI instruments connected or if 
your PC isn't a Tandy SL or TL mod- 
el then you're limited to hearing a 
single note at a time emitted from the 
PC's tiny speaker. 

If you have a MIDI interface con- 
nected to your computer, along with 
one or more MIDI instruments, you 
can play more complex arrangements 
containing up to 15 independent mu- 
sical parts. Of course, playback may 
require several MIDI instilments. In 
testing this feature, 1 created a simple 
four-bar arrangement that used all 15 
instruments and assigned each of 
them to a different MIDI channel, I 
hooked up my Kurzweil, two Yamaha 
FB-01 MIDI sound modules, two Ca- 
sio CZ-101 synthesizers, and a drum 
machine. I was then able to isolate 
and test all of The Music Studio 3.0's 
1 5 instruments. Even though my ar- 
rangement sounded horrendous when 
all the instruments played together, 
I'm living proof that you can play all 
1 5 at once. 

Tandy SL or TL computer own- 
ers get a real treat out of this program, 
not the least of which is the chance to 
play back songs with up to three 
voices of digital-instrument sound 
samples. In addition, you can use The 
Music Studio's Design Sound feature 
to create, edit, and store your own in- 
struments using a sampling rate of 




1 1,000 samples per second. You edit 
on a high-resolution graphics display 
using editing functions I've previously 
seen only in expensive professional 
sound-editing programs. With a 
mouse, you can modify waveforms 
and play the current sound you're 
editing so that you can continuously 
hear what you're doing. You'd be 
hard-pressed to find a better way to 
gain hands-on experience designing 
instrument sounds without spending 
big bucks for professional sampling 
hardware and software (we're talking 
$ LOOO and up. easy). 

Printer support on The Music 
Studio 3.0 enables you to print your 
music to a Tandy DMP 105. 200. 420. 
or 430 printer; an IBM-compatible 
graphics printer: or a Hewlett- Packard 
LaserJet or LaserJet-compatible print- 
er. On my IBM-compatible graphics 
printer, I found the results to be good 
enough to read but not an>'thing fan- 
cy. A previous version of The Music 
Studio designed for the Apple IlGS 
produced far more impressive results 
on an I mage Writer 11. Also missing 
from the PC version is the ability to 
integrate and print lyrics along with a 
musical score. This feature made it 
fairly simple to create an accurate 
melody /I \'ric lead sheet for archiving 
songs, and I wish it were offered in 
version 3.0. 

A 92-pagc user manual docu- 
ments all of llw Music Studio 3,0's 
functions in a clear, easy-to-follow 
manner. Especially helpful are the 
many screen shots throughout and the 
i pages dedicated to hardware/ 
software requirements and installa- 
tion, I was able to get the program up 
and running quickly, without a hitch, 
on each of the systems I used. 

For experimenting and learning 
about music, it's hard to beat The Mu- 
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results. Tr\' new musical ideas without 
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The program is simple enougli for a 
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\0T incorporating classical works and 
faithfully reproducing them through 
modern MIDI instruments. Whether 
you're new to 'The Music Studio line 
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DISCOVERIES 



DAVID 



STANTON 



^^^^^^ oking fun at educators, R. 
^^^^^1 J. Heathorn's satirical es- 
^M ^1 say "Learn with BOOK'' 
^H ^H first appeared in 1962. In 
^H ^H it the English writer look 
^^^^^P aim at educators and oth~ 
^^^1^ ers he felt had succumbed 
^^^^^ to the lure of expensive 
^H and un proven gadgetr>' 

^H and forgotten the limc- 

^H tested power of books as 

leaching and learning tools. 

He compared books with elec- 
tronics, and, on ever>' point, books 
came out on top. Books are small and 
require no clectricily, so they can be 
transported and used anywhere. 
Books cover ever>' subject and are 
available for everyone from beginning 
readers to college professors. Books 
are inexpensive. They require no bat- 
teries and have no confusing buttons, 
switches, or knobs — ^just easy, orderly 
learning from page to page. 

Of course. Heathorn couldn't 
have had modern-day microcomput- 
ers in mind. The first of those didn't 
even appear until the mid-1970s. 
Nevertheless, his point is well taken. 
Expensive doesn't necessarily imply 
efTective, Newer doesn't always mean 
better. 

But if he were writing that essay 
today, he might take a different view. 
Experienced craftsmen usually select 
the best tool for the job without regard 
to matters of history or hype, and 
writers are no different. In recent 
years, computers have proven them- 
selves far superior to traditional print 
media in a number of situations. 

For beach reading, magazines 
and paperbacks remain supreme. 
Sand and sun won't harm them. 
Shakespeare. Hawthorne, Michener, 
and Frost still read better from cover 
to cover than from screen to screen. 
.At 7:00 a.m. on a leisurely weekend 
morning, nothing can replace freshly 
brewed co ITee and the local newspa- 
per. But anyone who's still doing re- 
search the old-fashioned way has a lot 
to learn about technology. 

Remember the Reader's Guide lo 
Periodical Literature, those green in- 



dexes we spent hours poring over in 
high school and college? The New 
York Times Index wasn't perfect 
either, but it kept our thumbs relative- 
ly free of black printer's ink. Even 
with those venerable research tools 
and a myriad of specialized indexes, a 
diligent few spent more than one eve- 
ning leafing through stacks of maga- 
zines and papers. Computers and 
compact discs have changed all thati 

Consider InfoTrac's Magazine 
Index Pius. This CD-ROM database 
from Information Access Company 
covers over 400 popular magazines 
and recent issues of the New York 
Times. Monthly updates assure cur- 
rency, and Hstings going back four 
years (two months for the Times) 
guarantee sufficient depth for many 
purposes. For those who need more, 
InfoTrac provides a four-year back- 
date of its Magazine Index Plus and 
several additional CD-ROM indices 
as well — the TOM Database for sec- 
ondar\' schools, the General Period- 
icals Index, the Academic Index, and 
others. 

Users can search by subject or au- 
thor, and a research task that took 
hours in Heathorn's day requires less 
than one minute today. Next time 
your college pnde and joy brings tears 
to your eyes complaining about his or 
her dated word processing software, 
think about that. 

Ironically, electronics have 
scored their largest victories over 
print media in libraries- H. W. Wilson 
Company, one of the oldest and most 
respected publishers of reference ma- 
terials, now produces CD-ROM ver- 
sions of many titles, including the 
previously mentioned Reader's 
Guide. Grolier's Academic American 
Encyclopedia is available on compact 
disc, as are Bowker's Books in Print, 
the Merri am Webster Ninth New Col- 
legiate Dictionary, and hundreds of 
other librar\' favorites. Not only does 
researching CD-ROM databases take 
less time, but students with a com- 
puter and a modem don't even need 
to leave home. They can do much of 
their work via national online ser- 



vices. Three computer terminals have 
taken over all card-catalog duties at 
my alma mater. 

But you don't need to go to a li- 
brar>^ to see computers improving 
upon print. A home computer can do 
many things with text that books 
could never do. 

Imagine pages that talk and sto- 
ries that respond to reader input. Tran 
(shareware for IBMs and compatibles) 
and CNSay (Macintosh freeware; re- 
quires Macintalk — also free) add 
speech-synthesis capabilities to their 
host computers without requiring any 
additional hardware. Just load a text 
file into them, and they'll read it 
aloud. By now everyone knows about 



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interactive adventures that mix text 
with graphics and sound. Both com- 
mercial products and public domain/ 
shareware plots abound. With Scho- 
lastic's Super Stofy Tree and similar 
software, users can create their own 
interactive adventures. And don't for- 
get hypertext applications. What book 
could provide instant definitions and 
other clarifying material at the click of 
a mouse? 

Bibliophiles don't need to worr\': 
no one is predicting the complete 
elimination of print media. Nor 
should we judge Heathorn too harsh- 
ly. After all, who could have predict- 
ed in 1962 what we take for granted 
today? B 



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IN TDNGUES 



he best way to learn a for- 
eign language is to visit a 
foreign country. The sec- 
ond-best way is in a class- 
room with a teacher. The 
third-best way is to learn 
a language by yourself. 
No matter which route 
you choose, take along a 
computer; it can help. 
Computers offer foreign 
language students a wide range of 
learning possibilities, says Dr. Frank 
Dominguez, associate professor of 
Romance languages at the University 
of Noilh Carolina at Chapel Hi!K 




Coupled with sophisticated software 
and hardware, computers bring not 
only text but also audio and video 
into the learning experience. 

''When there's more money 
available — ^and that's usually in an in- 
stitutional setting— then the student 
has access to digitized speech, video- 
tapes, and videodiscs/' Dominguc/ 
says. "This equipment is not yel in the 
mass market, but lean see it coming 
with the new CD-ROM drives.'' 

Take a look at what higher educa- 
tion is doing with foreign language 
software today. 

French and Spanish Tortoises 

In En Route ^nd Caminando. you 
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progress by giving accurate directions/-' 
identifying local landmarks, and fol- 
lowing traffic signs. Before finishing 
the game, you must answer questions 
in the target language and visit a 
school, a home, a restaurant, and a 
train station. 

En Route i\n6. Caniinamio. from 
sslcr Educational Software (55 
'West i3th Street. Suite 34, New York, 
New York 1001 1: 212-627-0099), 
teach you about four main topics: 
family life, meals, education, and 
travel. You test your knowledge of the 
country's culture in addition to its 
language. For classwork, teachers can 
modify the program to create new- 
questions and data. 

These two programs were de- 
signed for beginners, but they provide 
a vocabular>' review for intermediate 
students. "£« Route 2^x16. Caminando 
are well balanced programs. They help 
students develop vocabulary- and. gen- 
eral knowledge of the culture. But 
more importantly, they help students • 
to reUiin what they hav c learned.'' 
says Katrine Watktns, co-principal of 
the French-American School of New 
^'ork. where the programs were field- 
tested. 

Computers as Adjuncts 

In some foreign language classrooms, 
computers are almost as familiar as 



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SPEAKING 
IN TONGUES 

textbooks and chalk. At Dartmouth 
College in Hanover. New Hampshire, 
computers in foreign language classes 
are used as adjuncts to traditional 
teaching methods, ''We don't have 
someone come in who has never spo- 
ken Japanese and give them software 
to learn Japanese,'' says David Bantz, 
director of computing in humanities. 
"We do this in conjunction with a reg- 
ularly scheduled course where the stu- 
dents have a great deal of personal 



dent at least once per minute. In such 
an intense environment, you may find 
the experience stressful, especially if 
you have a speech problem or if 
you>e hesitant about talking in a 
group. "But when working mlh the 
computer," Bantz says, "there's no so- 
cial pressure or embarrassment about 
getting something wrong the first 1 1 
times." 

For drills and exercises, Dart- 
mouth language instructors employ 




interaction, repeating the language, 

and doing written assignments." 

.A.t Dartmouth, instructors focus 
computer activities on areas not easily 
duplicated in the classroom. For ex- 
ample, the computer gives students a 
sense of control that they don*l have 
in group lessons. "In a classroom, an 
instructor may spend considerable 
lime covering material you already 
understand without getting to the 
areas where you need additional 
help," Bantz says. "With a computer, 
you work at your own pace and repeat 
a section as often as you like. A com- 
puter gives you the individualized 
control you need." 

A computer is ideal for drills be- 
cause it provides instant feedback and 
doesn't embarrass you if you get 
something wrong. There's no clock 
ticking and there's no score. Working 
with a computer is designed to be low- 
key, low stress, Bantz says. This con- 
trasts with the pace set in Dart- 
mouth's foreign language classes, 
where instructors call on every stu- 

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some commercial software designed 
for universities^ — Yale's Private Tutor 
and Harvard's MacLang, for ex- 
ample. But computer and language ex- 
perts on the New Hampshire campus 
are vvorking on advanced language- 
skill programs, making computers 
perform new and extraordinary tricks. 

Advanced Learning Techniques 

Bantz says Dartmouth is experiment- 
ing with interactive online foreign lan- 
guage texts and dictionaries. The 
program is called TextWindow. "In- 
stead of reading through a simplified 
readcn second-semester German stu- 
dents may be presented with an actual 
short slor\ by Guntcr Grass. When 
Slumped by a word or phrase, instead 
of flipping through a dictionai^' and 
deciding which meaning is appropri- 
ate, students simply click on the puz- 
zling item for an instant translation." 
Text Window is an Ideal applica- 
tion because computers quickly sort 
through information such as words in 
a dictionary or thesaurus. It's easier to 



translate when you can simply click 
on a word for an instant glossary. "I 
find it most boring to always have to 

leaf through a dictionary' when I am 
reading something and do not under- 
stand a word," says Otmar Foelsche, 
manager of Dartmouth's Language 
Resource Center, "I also find students 
are more likely to ask things— and 
tackle harder texts— if they know it's 
easy to get an answer," 

Foelsche and computer program- 
mer Kevin Calhoun are testing the 
program with beginning German stu- 
dents. Versions are also planned for 
Spanish students. Text can be scanned 
in or typed in manually. Along with 
the definition, cultural and grammati- 
cal information appear in a window at 
the bottom of the screen. 

Say It in Chinese 

Chinese is receiving special attention 
at Dartmouth. This language and its 
dialects present special problems for 
Western students. Chinese is a tonal 
language. In most Western languages, 
people raise or drop the tone of a 
word for emphasis. In Chinese, how- 
ever, changing a word's tone often 
changes its meaning. A word can have 
two totally different meanings, de- 
pending on whether its lone increases 
or decreases. 

.A^dding digitized speech to a pro- 
nunciation program helps students 
understand this concept. With Dart- 
mouth's Hanzi program, you can hear 
each of 2500 Chinese characters spo- 
ken in a digitized voice so you catch 
the proper pronunciation and its all- 
important intonation. 

Writing Chinese characters is also 
tricky. It takes several strokes of a pen 
or brush to create most characters. 
"As you quickly write a word,'' Bantz 
says, "you want the way you naturally 
distort the character to be the same as 
ever\'one else for it to remain legible. 
You have to learn to write Chinese in 
the proper stroke order." 

Dartmouth's Hanzi project has a 
"card" for each of the 2500 different 
characters. Each card presents a digi- 
tized image of the character written in 
the traditional Chinese brush strokes 
and the same character written in ball- 
point pen or pencil. The latter version 
is animated so you can see exactly 
how the character is formed. 

"This is a fun way to help stu- 
dents learn and review characters," 
says Susan Blader, who leaches Chi- 
nese at Dartmouth and aided in the 
program's development. Blader em- 
phasizes that the program is a high- 
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IN TONGUES 

for conventional leaching. 'The only 
real way to learn Chinese characters is 
to do them by hand." 

Another prototype program chal- 
lenges you 10 match what you hear 
with one of six Chinese characters 
presented on the screen. 

Dartmouth's Hanzi program 
runs on a Macintosh computer and 
it's based on a similar program devel- 
oped for IBM computers at Mount 
Holyoke College in South Hadley, 
Massachusetts, 

Multidimensional Programs 

With the considerable amount of soft- 
ware available, teachers and consum- 
ers often have difficulty deciding 
which programs to buy. Dartmouth's 
Otmar Foelsche offers software buyers 
some suggestions. 

A lot of good software deals with 
some specific aspect of a language. "If 
il means Spanish verb conjugation, 
fine; we have programs for that and 
they work well," Foelsche says. **In 
language instruction in general, you're 




looking for something that is not so flat, 
which means single-dimensional — 
typing in, evaluating, and sending a 
message back to the student. What 
you're looking for is something multi- 
dimensional, using animation, sound, 
video, and input." 

Multidimensional software may 
be the ideal, but gaps still exist be- 
tween what's possible with certain 
hardware, whaf s available for that 
machine, and what's affordable on the 
consumer level Digitized speech and 
images may be desirable but what 
abont more traditional programs? ''If 
you can't go back and forth within 
what's offered, discard it," Foelsche 
says. "Users should be able to control 
the material and select their own 
paths through it. You don't want to be 
led through il, forced to finish one 
task before going on to the next. We 
want users to do any task and possibly 
even encounter disaster. That makes 
them realize they should start at the 
beginning. But nothing should be 
blocked." 



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A Learning Environment 

As technology makes further inroads 
into education, Foelsche sees language 
instruction branching out of the class- 
room and into what he terms learning 
environments. Springing up to aid 
travelers and language students, these 
learning environments could spring 
up in travel agencies, airports, ticket 
counters, supermarkets, or even 
restaurants. 

These environments would in- 
clude a dictionary and a small ency- 
clopedia in a computerized work- 
station. They would take advantage of 
the multidimensional concept. A 
short video sequence with sound 
could allow students to replay phrases 
they had heard, with or without ac- 
companying animation. They could 
hear the words, see them in print, and 
input material by using the keyboard 
or by clicking on multiple-choice se- 
lections with a mouse. "Students 
could go there knowing they could 
read, do reference work, see video se- 
quences, and write in the language of 
their choice," Foelsche says. B 

Tom Netsel is assistant features editor with 
COMPUTEl Publications. A former Navy 
man, he has traveled all over the world. 



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A Computer Tour of Germany 



German students at Dartmouth can tour 
the city of Mainz on Macintosh comput- 
ers. The program provides digitized pic- 
tures of different buildings and scenes in 
the ancient city and quizzes students 
about them, according to college spokes- 
woman Catherine W. Wolff. A complete 
video tour of Mainz has been recorded 
and is being incorporated into the pro- 
gram. Students can look forward to a 
speakfng German dictionary, drills, and 
other activities that are also being 
developed. 

Similar interactive programs are of- 
fared at MIT, Cornell, and Brigham Young 
University. Armed service personnel 
studying German at the Defense Lan- 
guage Institute at the Presidio of Monte- 
rey, California, can also tour Germany 
before they leave the United States. 

"The idea is to take the student to a 



country, in this case Germany," says Earl 
Schleske, director of the Educational 
Technology Division of the institute's For- 
eign Language Center, which teaches 34 
different languages. "German Gafeway is 
a program designed originally as a lan- 
guage survival course for officers as- 
signed to Germany." 

Activities presented on this interac- 
tive video include scenes of a person 
renting an apartment, seeking car repairs, 
and asking for directions. The information 
is recorded on a videodisc which is 
played back through the army's Electron- 
ic Information Delivery System (EIDS). 
This interactive videodisc system is basi- 
cally an IBM AT compatible with a 3V2- 
inch floppy drive and a built-in videodisc 
player. The audio and video quality are as 
good as the equipment used to make the 
videodisc. 



EIDS overlays the computer video 
signal with the picture coming from the 
disc player. The computer controls the 
disc player so students can choose the 
audio and video information and mix it 
with computer signals. "Students can se- 
lect the computer information, any frame 
or any sequence from the video player, or 
mix both signals and have them appear 
on the monitor," Schleske says. 

Various levels of help are available. 
Students can repeat a whole sequence or 
break one down sentence by sentence, 
Schleske says. One level of help explains 
what's happening in very simple German 
terms for students with little knowledge of 
the language- 

Schleske feels the interactive nature 
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ing tool is born of ingenu- 
ity and an ordinarv" 
graphics package. To 
leach your child about 
shapes and colors, you 
could buy one of the ex- 
cellent educational pack- 
ages on the market. Or 
you could put together 
your own tutorial using a 
paint program and these instructions. 

Start by leaching your children 
about shapes. (You could teach them 
about colors instead, but choose one 
item ai a time; don't jump into teach- 
ing colors and shapes together.) Draw- 
two shapes on the screen — a square 
and a circle, for example. Identify 
them for your child: Say 'This is a 
square," and point lo the square with 
the mouse or your finger. Identify the 
circle in ihe same way. After a liitle 
drill you can ask your kids, " Whaf s 
this?'* while pointing lo the circle or 
square. When they've got it down 
cold, ask them lo point lo the circle or 
the square (physical activity helps 
kids remember). Next, replace one of 
the shapes with a new one, and after 
that add more shapes. 

You can do the same with color. 
Draw I wo circles and fill one with red 
and one with green. Now point to the 
red one and say, 'This is a red circle,'' 
Tell your kids what the color is and 
then make your kids tell you what the 
color is. At the beginning you'll w^ant 
to use the same shapes with different 
colors so your children won't have to 
wrestle with two concepts at ihe same 
time. (This exercise works best if your 
computer has at least 1 6-color graph- 
ics. If you only have CGA graphics, 
you may want to stick with shapes.) 
After you've drilled shapes and 
colors, you can lr\' some matching 
games. These require your kids to 
combine reasoning with the rote 
learning they'%T already practiced. 

Draw several shapes at ihe lop of 
your screen and one shape — a square, 
for example — at the bottom of your 
screen. Pick up the square and let 
your child use ihe mouse to move the 

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Matching games teach children to 
recognize shapes and colors. 




Tell your children what color the circles 
are; then get them to tell you. 



selected square under the other square 
on the screen. You can also draw^ a 
group of shapes at the top of the 
screen and a group of the same shapes 
in a different order at the bottom; 
then ask your children to put the two 
rows in the same order. 

Translate this exercise to color by 
drawing one shape — a circle, for 
example^several times and filling 
each with different colors. Stick with 
one shape at first so thai your children 
can focus on color. Then draw a circle 
at the bottom, fill it with a color, and 
pick it up. Ask your children to move 
the selected circle under the circle 
filled with same color. You can also 
tr\' the other matching exercises using 
color instead of shape. 

Finally, work on shapes and col- 
ors together. Draw a red square, a yel- 
low square, and a red circle. Then ask 
your kids to pick the red square. Each 
of the exercises described above will 
also work here. 



Draw a set of shapes in different 
colors and sizes. Using the cut and 
paste functions, construct composite 
pictures with these shapes and have 
your kids identify the pictures and 
pick out the various components. 
Help your children make their own 
pictures with the shapes. 

Further exercises can reinforce 
size discrimination and sequencing. 
You can draw a big circle and a small 
circle. Talk about which one is big, 
which one is small. Talk about how 
they are the same shape even though 
they are different sizes. Then draw a 
circle in three or four different sizes 
and ask your child to put them in or- 
der from smallest to biggest or biggest 
to smallest. 

These exercises will also w^ork 
with letters and numbers. Use a large 
font to type several letters on the 
screen. Tell your kids the name of each 
letter and then ask them to repeat the 
names. You can even ask them to re- 
peat the sound each letter makes if 
they're ready to learn phonics. 

With numbers, you could draw 
groups of shapes and' count them with 
your kids. Then draw several groups, 
perhaps organizing them as dots on 
the side of a die. Type a numeral at 
the bottom of the screen and ask your 
child to match the numeral with the 
group of the same value. 

Infinite possibilities present 
themselves: Thai's the beauty of using 
a graphics package instead of a spe- 
cially designed educational package. A 
paint program is fiexible; you can use 
it to teach. many different concepts. 
The exercises grow as your kids grow. 

The most important ingredient, 
however, is you. Your interest and re- 
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Comic books cry out for 
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Captain America takes on an ornery 
Rhino in Dn Doom's Revenge, 

Action sequences are well ani- 
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ple of keystroke combinations re- 
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while Captain .America can throw his 
famous shield. Spidey likewise can 
cling to walls, but 1 would've loved to 
sec him swing on a long strand of web. 
The game offers three levels of diffi- 
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the previous to ensure many hours of 
play before mastery is achieved. 

Df\ Doom 's Revenge! is a hand- 
some package. The soundtrack sup- 
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sound boards. An original 1 6-page 
comic is included: its story sets the 
stage for the game. The game de- 
mands little in the way of instruction; 
actual instruction lakes up only 6 of 
the manual's 24 pages. The rest of the 
space is filled with thoughtful extras, 



ranging from an introduction by the 

ever-ebullient Stan Lee to biographies 
of the game's heroes and villains to a 
capsule history of Marvel Comics and 
the Marv^cl universe. 

That histor\^ prompts my only 
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has produced some of the most so- 
phisticated and intelligent comic 
books the genre has seen. It was Mar- 
vel that introduced a sense of the cos- 
mic, not to mention the psychological 
and pseudophilosophical to comics. 
Unfortunately, those aspects are miss- 
ing here. 

To be fair, I don't think Paragon 
set out to include them. This is an ac- 
tion game, and an admirable one. Its 
simplicity makes it perfect for arcade 
fans, especially younger ones. It has its 
moments for comic-book addicts as 
well, although serious members of the 
Mighty Marvel Marching Society 
might wish for a little more depth. 
There is, after all, more to most 
Mar\^el comics than just action. There 
was a framework, a context, a sense of 
mystcrv^ of both infinite and personal 
complexity. Ld like to see some of that 
complexity included in the software. 

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SUPER 
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Sil down under the Super 
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Super Siory Tree. 

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Youngsters develop an interac- 
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mixture of text and graphics, .As read- 
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endings. 

To begin, children should work 
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ils design elements, and get tips on 
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With Super Story Tree, kids create a 
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After the tutorial, it's time to start 
a project. Kids can jazz up text pages 
with sound clTccts and musical ac- 
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use only one font and one color. 
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Several tools help with page de- 
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brush shapes, 80 colors, and five line 
widths. Drawing tools include filled 
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ovals. You can fill areas, copy and 
paste items from one page to another, 
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The clips in the sound-effects li- 
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a dragon's breath, and laser guns. 
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a page is turned. For example, a page 
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Stories are created using a 
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Super Siory Tree comQS on 3'/2- 
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3V2'inch version contains the startup 
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OUBECALC (903) Unique, powerful 3-D 
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123 POWER WORKSHEETS (911.912) {2 
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PIANOMAN 4.0 (2202) Play and compose 

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n EXPRESS CHECK Cfieckaccount with running 

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B FINANCE MANAGER I (2 Disks) For personal 

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D MARKET CGA Performs sophisticated 

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D BIORHYTHM Display the 3 biological cycles: 

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aCHECK80QK Complete checkbook manaQer 

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m FAMIir HISTORY (2 disks) Create files & 

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n FORM LETTERS Commonly used form letters 

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D HOME INVENTORY Track all your 

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adBASE 111+ ROUTINES (2 Disks} Latest 
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m FILE EXPRESS 4.0 (2 Disks) Powerful 
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Q PC-FILE iJB(3 Disks) Newest version! Rates 

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D AMTTS FIRST PRIMER Chitdren's learning 

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D FACTS 50 Geograptiy lessons for U.S. f^ice 

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D FUNNELS AND BUCKETS A fun way to learn 

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D MATHPAK Tutorial with lessons in higher 

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D PC-TOUCH Learn typing. 



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n BASIC GAMES Pacman, Lunar Lander, Star- 
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D BRIDGE PAL Complete game of contract 
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D CARD GAMES Canasta, fiearts, draw poker 
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D CHESS Incredible, 2D and 3D. Many levels. 
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D EGA RISK World domination in great color 
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D FLIGHTMARE Futuristic figfiter pilot game. 
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D FORD SIMULATOR Great driving simulation. 
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D PEARL HARROR Shoot down Zeros before 
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D ROUND 42 Better than Space Invaders, 42 

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D SLEUTH Who done it? 

□ SPACE WAR Dogfight in outer space, using 

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a ULTIMA 21 DELUXE Best Blackjack game 

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D WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE A really fun version 

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D CITY OESK Desktop publishing -simple but 
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a OANCAD 3-0 (2 Disks) Create 3'D graphics. 
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D FANTASY Create flowing graphic images with 
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D FINGER PAINT Use keyboard or mouse to 
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D GRASP Create and mn fabulous graphic 
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a IMAGE 3-D Create and edit 3-D objects. 
Move, scale, rotate and tip image. 
D KEYDRAW CAD SYSTEM (4 Disks) Popular. 
Also uses mouse, (Requires color graphics — 
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a PC-KEY DRAW (2 Disks} Great CAO for begin- 
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D PIAKOMAH 4.0 Turn your keyboard into a 

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B THE RIBLE (6 Disks) Old Testament King 
James version. 

a THE BIBLE (2 Disks) New Testament King 
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D BIBLE team the Bible with this Q-A 
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D BIBLEMEN Excellent Bible quiz program 
5 WORD WORKER (2 Disks) Bible search pro- 
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SECURITY/HACKING 



D COPY PROTECTION I Instructions for 

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D COPY PROTECTION II More software 

unprotect 

a FLU SHOT Checks software for viruses. 



SPREADSHEETS 



B123 POWER WORKSHEETS (2 Disks) 13 
powerful worksheets for Lotus 123, 
D AS-EASY-AS Great Includes screen help 
menus. Utilizes function keys. A Lotus clone 
that read Lotus files. 

D EZ-SPREADSHEET New! Easy! Become a 
spreadsheet pro in less than 20 minutes. 64 
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D GOAL-SEEKER V3.5 Achieve objectives by 
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n LOTOS MACROS Save hours of work, 
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D LOTOS SPREAOSHEET TEMPUTES Ready- 
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D LOTUS TUTORIAL team Lotus {Requires 
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a PC-CALC+ (3 Disks) Jim Button's famous 
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n BAKER'S DOZEN 13 utilities from Buttonware. 

a DOT MATRIX FONTS (2 Disks) Print your text 

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El HOMEBASE (3 Disks) Complete desktop 

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D PROFESSIONAL MASTERKEY Like Morton's. 

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D SCREEN Save your monitor from screen 

burn- in. 



WORD PROCESSING 



S FC-1YPE+(3 Disks) Excellent Includes mail 
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E3 PC-WRITE 2.1 (3 Disks) Newest version] Very 
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stock Charting (3121) -A very compre- 
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PC.Calc+ {3130-3132} -The most 
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(3 disks) 

As-Easy-As (3138)— A fantastic, easy to 
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and powerful payroll system. (2 disks) 



HOME MANAGEMENT 



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personal and family finances. (2 disks) 
Home Budget Manager (3103)— Helps 
you to design and stick to a budget. 
Checkmate (3101)— A fantastic check- 
book program with reconciliation 
features. 

Home Inventory (3180) - Keeps a per- 
manent record of all your property. 
Edna's Cookbook (3217, 3218) -A 
handy electronic cookbook with several 
great recipes -add your own. {2 disks) 



WORD PROCESSING 



PC-Write 3,02 (3610^3612) -All the 

features you need including spell- 
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under $200! (3 disks) 
Galaxy (3614) -A powerful, easy to use. 
and feature-filled word processor. 
Form Letters (3176) -A collection of 100 
form letters for all purposes. 



DATABASE 



Mall List (3205)- Keeps track of your 
mailing list and prints mailing labels. 
Doctor Data Labels (3209, 3910)- Has 

the features otherwise found in only the 
most expensive mail list managers. Very 
powerful and complete. {2 disks) 
PC-File:dB (3213-3215) -Complete, 
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must have at least 51 2K and hard disk. 
(3 disks) 

WAMPUM (3220)-An excellent dBASE 
compatible package which can be used 
as a development tool or end-user 
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EDUCATION 



French I & II (3500. 3501) -French 

vocabulary for students. (2 disks) 
Spanish I & II (3505, 3506) -Spanish 
vocabulary and verb drills for begin- 
ning-intermediate students, (2 disks) 
Japanese (3510)— Designed for the 
business traveler and language student. 
German I & {l (3512, 3513) -German 
vocabulary instruction. (2 disks) 
Algebrax (3524) — Excellent algebra 
tutor which has different levels for the 
basic to advanced student. fCGA; 
Facts (3525)— Teaches kids the capitaJs, 
states, and presidents. (CGA) 
Geography (3526)— Make learning fun 
with this geography trivia game. 
Math Tutor (3529) -A fun approach to 
learning math for kids, ages 5-13, 
Are You Ready for Calculus? (3534)- 
This is an excellent pre-calc tutor which 
reviews algebra and trigonometry. 
Funnels & Buckets (3535)— A fun and 
effective way to teach kids math. It's a fun 
math learning game. 

World (3537) -A fascinating electronic 
globe/database at your fingertips! (CGA) 
Typing Tutor (3550) -Quickly improve 
your typing skills and speed with this 
friendly typing teacher! 
Lotus Learning System (3556, 3657)- 
A very complete package that makes 
Lotus 1-2-3 easier to use. (2 disks) 
Computer Tutor (3562) -If you are a 
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pressure-free environment. Highly 
recommended. 



UTILITIES 



Masterkeys (3300) -Like the popular 
Norton disk utilities, only betterl 
SimCCSA (3305) -Utilities which allow 
you to run many programs that require 
a CGA card on your monochrome 
system. 



Vaccines (3307)— Ten virus checker, 
eliminator, and protection utilities. 
PC-DesWeam (3375)— Large coSlection 
of Sidekick-Like desktop accessories 
(clock, calendar, phone book, etc.). 
HDMenu (3379) -Puts all the programs 
on your hard disk onto an auto-booting, 
selection menu. (Easy to Install.) 
On-Side (3397) — Prints your spread- 
sheets (or anything) stdewaysl 
Q-Modem SST (3715-3717)-A profes- 
sional modem telecommunications 
package which is powerful and versatile. 
(3 disks) 



RELIGION/BIBLE 



BIBLE-Q (3552) -Test your Biblical IQ, 
BIBLE Men (3565) -Choose Old or New 

Testament and prepare to be quizzed on 
the people mentioned in the BIBLE. 
Church dBASE (3812) -Automates 
membership record keeping for church 
congregations and other organizations. 
SeedMaster (3837-3849) -The com- 
plete King James BIBLE on disk! Allows 
quick access to any word, phrase, topic. 
Requires hard disk. (13 disks) 



Misc. APPLICATIONS 



Banner Maker (3801)— Make banners of 

various styles and sizes. Requires an 
Epson or compatible printer. 
Fast Food (3802)- Know the nutritional 
values of most national chains' fast food 
items that your family eats. 
ELISA (3805) -Let the famous com- 
puter psychiatrist analyze you. Ifs fun! 
Lotto! (3823)- Complete system for 
most states' lotteries. (Requires printer) 
The Diet Disk (3827) -Provides you 
With many lools for successful weight 
loss. 

Astrology (3831)- Let the computer tell 
you what lies ahead in your stars! 
frtsta^Calendar (3635)-This calendar 
design tool and printer is easy to use. 
Family History System (3852, 3853)- 
Helps you track your family roots and 
prints genealogical reports. (2 disks) 
Piano Man (3902)- Record, edit, and 
then play back your favorite tunes. Also 
lets you turn your computer's keyboard 
into a musical instrument! 
EDraw (3954)- Helps in the design of 
schematics and printed circuits. 



GAMES 



Striker (3400)-Arcade helicopter attack 
game. Bomb and shoot enemy targets, 
(CGA- Will not work with EGA) 

Q-Bert (3403)- Play the famous arcade 
hit on your computer. (CGA) 
Backgammon (3404) -Play against a 

challenging computer opponent. (CGA) 

Monopoly (3405) -Really fun! Great 

color and sound. (CGA) 



JetSet (3407) -A great jet flight- 
simulator. Teaches navigation! 
18-HoIe Miniature Golf (3414) -Kids 
really love this one! (CGA) 
D & D (3418) -Immerse yourself in the 
ultimate adventure, anytime! 
AdventureWare (3420) -Five challeng- 
ing text adventure games sure to keep 
you intrigued for several enjoyable hours. 
PAC-MAN & More! (3421) - Several 
arcade hits including two PAC-MAN 
games, (CGAi 

Master the Market (3425)- A challeng- 
ing stock market simulation game. More 
realistic and all-around better play than 
the popular "Millionaire" game. 
Kid Games (3426)— A set of educational 
games for kids 2-7 years. (CGA) 
Ed's Chess (3427) -Challenge a tough 
computer opponent. Beats the expen- 
sive games like ChessMaster 2000. 
SUPER Pinball (3429) -A collection of 
five great video pinball games. (CGA) 
Tommy's Trivia (3431)- Have hours of 
fun testing your trivia IQ. 
Defender (3432) -Arcade hit! You're the 
sole defender during a massive alien 
attack against your planet, (CGA) 
Video Poker/Ultima 21 (3435) -The 
BEST poker and blackjack games 
available! 

RISKI (3436)- For all of us who love this 
great board game. Conquer the world! 
fCGA-Will not work with EGA/VGA) 

Star "RBk (3439) -Y3U are the captain as 
you lead the Enterprise into space, 
PC-Pro Golf (3440, 3441) -Choose your 
club and swing away in this excellent golf 
game, A two-floppy or hard disk system 
required, (2 disks) .^ ; 
NINJA (3445)- Use your fists, feet, 
sword, and throwing stars as you battle 
the evil Ninja warriors. (CGA) 

Round42 (3446) -A great arcade 
game— better than "Space Invaders." 
fCGA) 

Sam Spade (3448) - Play detective and 
solve the case in this adventure game, 
FlightMare (3450) -You're an ace 21st- 
century fighter pilot in this great fast- 
action arcade game, (CGAJ 

(CGA) -requires color graphics card 



EGA GAMES 

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with excellent graphics. Fish your choice 
of lakes. Very realistic. (EGA) 
EGA Football (3480) -You call the plays 
and control the key players. (EGA) 
EGA TREK (3481) -You command the 
Starship Enterprise in this, the ULTI- 
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EGA Golf (3482) -A challenging golf 
game with beautiful graphics! (EGA) 
EGA Arcade Hits (3483)- EGA versions 
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EGA Risk (3484) -Enjoy the great color 
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After years of hesitation, 
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Big Red plans to bring 
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Planned for the AppleKitchen 
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basic unit in the SmartKitchen envi- 
ronment. "Without it, you might as 
well use a club to make bread," goes 
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The IntelligenToaster is truly a 
work of art. It looks similar to a mod- 
em toaster — except for the nine-inch 
monitor. In fact, if the slots on top 
weren't so wide, you might think it a 
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drives. It has a keyboard (the keypad 
is extra), mouse, connectors on the 
back (one for the KitchenTalk net- 
work, one for a universal power sup- 
ply), a BreadScanner port, and a 
modem connector so you can phone 
in toast while you're away from home 
or dial up large bakeries. 

According to an article in Kit- 
chenWorld. a new PCW Communica- 
tions magazine catering to Apple- 
Kitchen users, the original design of 
the IntelligenToaster incorporated 
only one large orifice for inserting an 
entire loaf of bread. As originally de- 



signed, the machine would then slice 
and toast the entire loaf^it could 
even sense if the loaf was already 
sliced (apparently an early version 
mangled presliccd loaves). 

But soon, according to the Kit- 
chen I^or/(^ editors, a creeping sophis- 
tication oozed its way through the 
design team. The single knob on the 
toaster was replaced with a push- 
button keypad, which then evolved 
into a full-size keyboard. The fun-to- 
watch digital display blossomed into a 
hi-res monochrome screen. Apple 
claimed the improvements would 
make the IntelligenToaster easier to 
use and more versatile. 

I secured an early evaluation unit 
for inspection and can offer my own 
insight into this mechanized marvel. 
Setup is simple, with just three op- 
tions for system startup: Press the On 
button, give it a Start command via 
the KitchenTalk network, or clap your 
hands and say "Toast!" 

After a few minutes for a RAM 
check, the screen comes to life and 
presents a smiling toast icon. The digi- 
tized "Good Morning," "Good After- 
noon," or "Good Evening" greeting is 
governed by the time of day as sensed 
by the internal clock. (I love these 
smart appliances.) The system then 
asks you if you want to make toast. 
Just move the mouse, which is shaped 
like a stick of butter, to the Yes! icon 
on the screen and click. 

Next, the IntelligenToaster asks 
how many slices of toast you'll be 
making. An image of a slice of bread 
appears, and you can press buttons I 
through 9, move the mouse, or whistle 
at varying pilches to determine how 
dark or light you want your toast to 
be. The toast graphic darkens or light- 
ens with your selection. 

If you've selected to toast special 
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fiber bread made from wood chips, 
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parts of the bread you want toasted. 
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junction with the ToastScript bread- 
description language, lets you get 



very specific with your toasting. 

Finally, click on the big Toast! 
icon, place your bread into the slots, 
then click the down-arrow button. 
The bread lowers into the machine, 
then minutes later pops up, toasted to 
your specifications. If you want to 
toast the other side of the bread, sim- 
ply flip it and repeat the process. {Ap- 
ple says a later version of the 
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sides of the bread at once.) 

I was positively delighted with 
the results of this handy little appli- 
ance. It takes longer than traditional 
toasting equipment, but the results are 
delicious. I liked the fact that I could 




preset and program in specific times 
and darknesses for my toast. And, 
with the planned KitchenTalk net- 
work, I'll be able to have toast, coffee, 
and microzapped sausage links ready 
when I wake up. 

The base price of the Intelligen- 
Toaster is $2,495. The two-sided 
IntelligenToaster E with mixing bowl 
option will be available next quarter 
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planning your SmartKitchen today! Q 

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19 0, Sania Monica, CA 90404 
Circle Reader Service Number 200. 



Cave Games on PCs 

Travel back to the age before fire and 
Olympic flames. Electronic Arts an- 
nounced the release of an IBM PC 
and compatibles version of Caveman 
Ugh-Lympics. Choose from six pre- 
historic competitors, each with their 
own unique abilities, and battle it out 
in six somewhat athletic and humor- 
ous Olympic-style events. 

Master the overhead smash and 
the knee swing in the Clubbing event. 



While Dino- Vaulting, an unsuccessful 
attempt turns your competitor into ty- 
rannosaurus lunch. UnsportsmanHke 
conduct abounds in the Sabcrtoolh 
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heave your own partner. Rub your 
sticks the fastest to win in Firemaking, 
but beware of your opponent's club. 
The competition all climaxes with the 
challenging Dinosaur Race. 

The suggested retail price for the 
IBM PC and compatible version of 
Caveman Ugh-Lympics is $29.95. The 
original Commodore 64/128 version 
also sells for $29.95. 
Electronic Arts. 1 820 Gateway Dr., San 
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Samurai Warrior 

Experience the atmosphere, intrigue, 
and danger of feudal Japan in Sword 
of the Samurai, a fantasy role-playing 
game from Micro Prose. 

You attempt to guide an ambi- 
tious young samurai up the military' 
and social ladder in pursuit of the all- 
powerful shogun title. The climb to 
power isn't an easy one. You must 
combine political savvy and battle 
strategy to defend your life and 
honor — especially important in 16th- 
century Japan — against like-minded 
ambitious rivals. 

A far cry from John Belushi's 
samurai antics on "Saturday Night 
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ed with authentic Japanese graphics, 
music, and art. A combination of text 
windows and battle screens reveals 
the action, which features three types 
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melee screens where the player takes 
on opponents, and onc-on-one samu- 
rai sword fights. 

The game requires 384K of RAM 
and supports CGA, EGA, Tandy 16- 
colon and Hercules monochrome 
graphics, as well as the Ad Lib and In- 
novation sound boards. The program 
can be installed on a hard disk and 
uses a key-disk copy-protection rou- 
tine. A joystick is optional. 

Sword of the Samurai has a sug- 



gested retail price of $54.95. 
MicroProse, ISO Lake front Dr., Hunt 
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Circle Reader Service Number 202. 



Birdies, Bogies, and Pars 

For aspiring Arnold Palmers or the 
average weekend duffers who want to 
improve their game, 1 Step Software 
has announced the introduction of 
Golf Statkeeper (or IBM PCs and com- 
patibles and the Macintosh. The pro- 
gram tracks performance in areas such 
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centages, and birdie conversions. 




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course and weather conditions and 
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opponents. The program retails for 
$49.95. 

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Charlotte, NC 28217 
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16 colon EGA, and VGA graphics. 

To upgrade your old version, 
send your name, address, and upgrade 
type to Brederbund. Free upgrades are 
available to owners who order an up- 
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games. EHgible owners must send a 
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.All other owners may obtain up- 
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Circle Reader Service Number 204. 



Advantage Accolade 

Accolade has announced the addition 
of three new games to its budget- 
priced Advantage line. All three are 
available on IBM PC and Commo- 
dore 64/128 flippy disks. 

The new lineup includes Mental 
Blocks, a strategic beal-the-clock col- 
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action-arcade air-combat game that 



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jet: and Fright mare, which takes you 
through 80 different levels of your 
worst nightmare. All three have sug- 
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New Tune from Emerson 
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Emerson Radio has introduced a new 

user-interactive personal computer 
line designed to make computing 
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with a simulated human voice. 

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styie keyboard, bundled applications 
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MicroProse Gets Tanked 

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compatibles and supports VGA/ 
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How to Survive College 

College Bound and College Life focus 
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The program retails for $39.95. 

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Electronic Arts 
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Accolade 

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Power Up 
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MECA 

Apple II, IBM, Macintosh 

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Get help in writing a will. 
Nolo Press 

Apple II, IBM, Macintosh 

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Medtagenic 

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Help for landing the right job. 
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Explore world demographics. 

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